[Sw-l] SignWriting Shorthand for Sign Language Stenography 1982

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Mar 22 19:20:17 UTC 2022

SignWriting List
March 22, 2022

Hello Carlos, AnnaGrace, and Adam, and Sutthikhun who encouraged me to post this old book…and thank you Adam, for your long discussions with me about this - your partnership and presentation in 2014 means a great deal ...

It is important to realize how much you already are using your own forms of Shorthand. For example, Adam’s shorthened symbols are used in books of Brazilian literature now - I have been asked to post two of those books and I will do so as soon as I can get to it…but it is amazing how it spread in Brazil so fast...

And Carlos, I think it is wonderful that you are inventing or have your own way of writing quickly - it is totally natural for that to happen -

Do any of you know of Bernard Bragg? Bernard was a famous ASL actor when I was young, in 1977, at the National Theater of the Deaf, and Bernard became a friend. Bernard gave me my name sign ;-)

Bernard had his own way of writing ASL - it was his native language after all…. I came to teach SignWriting to the National Theater of the Deaf in 1977 and I learned about his system and it was remarkably close to SignWriting … I was grateful for Bernard’s support...

So I think it is natural for there to be an evolution of writing styles and I don’t want any of you to stop your own creativity - if "Shorthand 1982" can be of use to “Shorthand 2022" - that will be good - 40 years - imagine that.

It would be pretty easy to re-do the book in the Expressive - that is one change that could be done easily…

Val ;-)


> On Mar 22, 2022, at 11:49 AM, Carlos Cristian Libras <carloscristianlibras at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Greetings Writers List,
> I downloaded the PDF, and I'm impressed. I never had access to this document, my God, what a wealth. It will take me until 2050 to appreciate every detail of this document.
> All this time I was writing in cursive some techniques that I thought I had invented, were already being used at that time, how easy it is to come to the same conclusion.
> As much as the system has changed a lot, this document is a relic for any researcher. In addition to having listed the 1050 most used ASL signs ever written in cursive. This archive is rich in so many different ways that I don't even know where to start praising it.
> Gratitude for sending us this file, it made my day happier.


> On Mar 22, 2022, at 11:38 AM, Ms. AnnaGrace <msannagrace20 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> I find this valuable! 
> Even though it was written with the Receptive and horizontal viewpoints, I can still glean the principles and ideas from it.
> Thanks for digging it up for us!
> ~ AnnaGrace


> On Tue, Mar 22, 2022 at 3:10 PM Valerie Sutton <sutton at signwriting.org> wrote:
> SignWriting List
> March 22, 2022
> Hi SW List members -
> It took me time to find the scanned document, but I did find it and it is now posted. This is a very old book, based on our old writing system. It was a workbook for students learning SW Shorthand, so you will find blank pages in the middle of the document for students to practice writing.
> From an historic perspective, it is interesting to see how we were writing in 1982, but from a practical perspective, how we write today, in 2022, is what matters...
> In 1982, we were writing Receptively, and horizontally, with symbols that were not as detailed. By 1984, there was a major change in the system, which reflects how we write today…
> So here is 1982’s shorthand….
> "SignWriting Shorthand For Sign Language Stenography", 1982, is now posted as a PDF in our SignWriting Document Archives:
> https://www.signwriting.org/archive/docs13/sw1296_SignWriting_Shorthand_For_Sign_Language_Stenography_Sutton_1982.pdf



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