[Sw-l] Six SignWriting Topics

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Nov 11 21:11:24 UTC 2022

SignWriting List
November 11, 2022

Hello SW List members and Carlos Cristian Libras!

Thank you for this message, Carlos, back on November 8th. I did not forget it. I look forward to working with all of you on creating a video library of instruction videos in different sign languages, all available on the same topic, on a web site that is easy to find the topic in both spoken and signed languages.

On one hand, it is a large project, but on the other hand, it solves many issues.

Here on the SW List, and in my web pages and old and new textbooks, that are not perfect, we can first document the instruction, but then from that basis, the video instruction can blossom…with new terminology possibly shared by sign languages and it could become quite a global community project -

Right now, Carlos and Rubens have expressed interest in the LIBRAS part of it, and of course there are so many talented people from all over the world on our SignWriting List to support other languages…

So I want to share the Six SignWriting Topics of instruction that will show how our writing styles have really been evolving - Adam and I had a FaceTime meeting the other day on Wrist Flexing and it is fascinating to see an evolution in writing styles…I will explain soon...

Thank you for being interested and for the videos you already have created, Carlos!

Val ;-)


> On Nov 8, 2022, at 12:54 PM, Carlos Cristian Libras <carloscristianlibras at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Dear Val, my cordial wishes.
> I also greet everyone on the list.
> I am very happy with the news. We had already talked off-line many times about this, there is really an urgent need to improve the official materials that are the signwriting reference. And more than that, that the new materials also have a signed version, because many deaf people do not read oral languages, they only depend on video.
> I'm looking forward to the new step and I'm 100% available to help with anything you need.

> On Tue, Nov 8, 2022 at 4:03 PM Valerie Sutton <sutton at signwriting.org> wrote:
> SignWriting List
> November 8, 2022
> Hello SignWriting List members!
> My dear friends - It is a privilege to share discussions of SignWriting symbols and evolving writing styles with you. Thank you for your interest and your important projects.
> I hope to start a series of discussions now - on 6 topics that seem to be important, partly because our textbooks and instruction materials need to be improved, and partly because writing styles and choices by writers have changed and are evolving over the years...
> SignWriting is evolving because it is a true writing system used on a daily basis around the world. That is a wonderful fact with thousands of writers daily...
> Here is what I hope to discuss in the next few months...
> Six Topics
> 1. Viewpoints, Space & Planes
> 2. General Arrowhead
> 3. Arm Rotation
> 4. Wrist Flexing
> 5. Torso & Body Movement
> 6. Dynamics & Punctuation
> So I hope to start posting on these topics - in fact I can see we already have questions about Torso Movements and Wrist Flexing - thank you for your messages -
> So have a great day and I will answer and start posting as soon as I can -



Valerie Sutton
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