Thank you Madson for directing me to your work.
I am interested in purchasing the book my only problem is that I do not
read Portuguese so I am not sure I will be able to follow.
Wow this is very interesting - I would really appreciate if you could
direct me to any previous publications about the 64 / 75 handshapes - as
this is very close to the number of handshapes I came up with for LSM.
111 handshapes is a large list - are all handshapes significant? so with
the less frequent handshapes, if they are replaced by a more frequent and
yet similar handshape do they not remain readable? What I'm asking here
in linguistic terms is - are all the handshapes phonemes of LIBRAS or
would you say there are some handshapes that are phonetic details?
Thank you very much for your feedback - Val has actually mentioned your
work several times with me- I am quite amazed at how widespread
SignWriting is in Brazil- this is wonderful!!! Well done to you and your
wife, and keep up the good work,
> Hello Maria Galea, Charles, Adam, Valerie and everyone,
> This discussion is very interesting!
> The recent publication of the book "Escrita de Sinais sem Mist�rios"
> (SignWriting clarity) authored by myself and my wife Raquel Barreto
> (deaf), brings a collection of 111 handshapes used in Libras (Brazilian
> Sign Language). This is the biggest list of handshapes Libras. The
> previous publications by other researchers indicated 64 handshapes and the
> following 75 handshapes. The most accepted and used as a reference is
> still the list of 64 handshapes.
> Our research was based on the research of various lists of handshapes and
> also observing the signs of the deaf. Thus we find five handshapes that
> are not yet in ISWA. But we write in SignWriting using the new rules for
> writing handshapes. Some months ago we discussed some of them here in
> With respect to other symbols, we did a survey of the quantities, but we
> seek to cover the symbol relating to the movements and facial expressions
> / body most used in signaling and writing.
> This book is the first volume, ie, does not exhaust the possibility of new
> discoveries and teachings on SignWriting.
> Visit our website www.librasescrita.com.br �and learn more about this
> work. See also some parts of the book.
> Madson Barreto