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Hi Ingvild and friends, 

 

it is interesting to understand that you agree with my concept that it is
necessary to add information coming from the lips- and tongue movements in
order to “understand” the exact meaning of a given sign. 

 

“....Signs that are the same in the hands and other movements, differ in the
mouthing and make distinctive signs that way. NSL claims to have no homonyms
(two or more signs that look exatly the same but have different meaning)
because of this....” 

 

Well my invention of Mundbildschrift is not the same as my set of
“Mundbilder in der GebaerdenSchrift” 

 

Nevertheless – thanks to the studies of Erica Hoffmann with my students we
found out that it is not correct simply to add the letters of a word (spoken
language) next to the sign in order to avoid “Mundbilder”

 

To my very surprise I had to understand – and this has been such an amazing
experience – that even little deaf children having no idea of how to write
the spoken word – show almost mouth – and tongue movement patterns that
almost look like the same – as a “informed” signer would perform. 

 

Mouth movements are part of the usual guessing game trying to understand
from lip-reading.  From my actual point of view these Mundbilder which I
defined to stand for special patterns of movements that might result in
specific sounds of a given spoken language come pretty close to the best
representation of what can be seen (!!!) looking at a signing person. 

 

And you are right – SignPuddle – so far does not allow to type latin letters
– as you could do with the DOS Program. Did you get the chance to look at
the German new softare Delegs? 

 

Now you get the chance to look for your signs almost loke in the good old
SWDOS –program. 

 

In addition to that you are able to change the preferred sign alternative in
every document without any problem. You can copy this specific sign and
paste it with this same variation. You can write the best translation of the
signwriting  sentence beneath this line and hide or show one or both lines!
This is the perfect tool to support deaf students to improve their spoken
language skills. Just look at the attached gif.

 

Our team is still busy, busy, busy to complete our vision of an almost
perfect SignWriting – software program to support this idea which is the
motto of our Editor: “Delegs” = Deutsch lernen mit GebaerdenSchrift"  =
learn German assisted by SignWriting".

 

All you need is a well fed dictionary and this wonderful program. 

 

All the best 

Stefan 

 





 

 

 

 

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Von: SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] Im Auftrag von Ingvild Roald
Gesendet: Montag, 17. Oktober 2011 11:15
An: [log in to unmask]
Betreff: Re: Please help us test SignWriter Studio Beta 5!!

 

?

I don't think I can write a 'word' in latin letters beside a mouth in
SignPuddle, can I?

On the other hand, I DO love the newer software,

Ingvild 

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Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2011 09:11:06 -0700
From: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Please help us test SignWriter Studio Beta 5!!
To: [log in to unmask]

SignWriting List

October 16, 2011

 

Hi Ingvild and Charles!

 

Two thoughts...

 

First, SignWriter DOS is not past tense - it is not in the past. I am using
it right now, and so can anyone. Just download DOSBOX and install it:

 

DOSBOX

http://www.dosbox.com/

 

Second, software like SignWriter DOS and SignPuddle 1.6, actually has little
to do with how you write. You can write the Norwegian mouth movements in any
style you choose in SignPuddle 1.6 too - software is not a theory of writing
- so there are no limits to your writing styles when it comes to Mouth
Movements in either software program...

 

The only limits to SignWriter DOS usage is that it uses a smaller symbolset
(sss1995) and it cannot write down in vertical columns - but other than that
there are no limitations on your writing styles no matter which software
program you choose -

 

I think what you really are saying is that you enjoyed writing the old way -
and that is fine because you can continue to write the old way!

 

smile -

 

We are adding a lot of Norwegian signs and documents - have you notice?I am
so happy about it!

 

SignPuddle for Norway

http://www.signbank.org/signpuddle/index.html#sgn-NO

 

There are close to 3000 signs now in the dictionary and the literature
puddle is growing too - we may need to move some of the individual signs
from the literature puddle to the dictionary puddle, but we will do that
work later - Thank you for all your old SignWriter DOS files, Ingvild! I am
happy to build a sign language corpus in SignPuddle Online for all countries
-

 

Val ;-)

 

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On Oct 16, 2011, at 5:36 AM, Ingvild Roald wrote:

 

Another good thing about the DOS-program was the possibility to write the
mouthed 'words' near the mouth, rather than using the later invention of
Mundbildschrift', for those signed languages that use a lot of mouthing in
the signs. Norwegian SL uses mouthing a lot, especially for nouns. Signs
that are the same in the hands and other movements, differ in the mouthing
and make distinctive signs that way. NSL claims to have no homonyms (two or
more signs that look exatly the same but have different meaning) because of
this.

Ingvild 


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Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011 19:03:24 -0700
From: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Please help us test SignWriter Studio Beta 5!!
To: [log in to unmask]


Part of it is to understand that many educational systems use Sign Writing
to show the grammar comparing a local sign language to the local spoken
language. 

 

The useful thing about SW Dos is that one can use the spoken language, the
signed language, and fingerspelling so that one can compare gramatically,
very similar to the current German system. 

 

Thank you for your attention. Charles



Charles Butler
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240-764-5748
Clear writing moves business forward.

--- On Thu, 10/13/11, Jonathan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


From: Jonathan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Please help us test SignWriter Studio Beta 5!!
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 11:09 AM

Hi Charles,
    I just tried out SignWriter DOS to see exactly what you are talking
about.   I see you can type right over a sign if you want to, below, above
and if you type a long sentence the other signs move over.  Is it important
for you that the be place on top of the signs too?  Or is it more important
for you to be able to write some text, then some signs, then some text, etc?
    Had I realized that so many just LOVE the old SignWriter Dos I may have
gotten permission to duplicate it very faithfully.  With SignWriter Studio
some things may be similar but none are identical.  Right now I am trying to
get the three main parts of the program working, the dictionary ( I will
soon have a preview version available), the signlist (for printing lists of
signs from the dictionary) and the document.   Once I get everything working
again after changing to ISWA 2010 and a new database, I am interested in
implement a keyboard like SignWriter DOS.  But first things first.
    The document isn't functional right now.  Also it only deals with
vertical columns of writing for the time being.  It can have text above the
sign up to the width of the sign, then it wraps onto more lines.  At present
there isn't any way of writing just text without a sign but it shouldn't be
too hard to implement.   The editing of the signs is done in a popup box
instead of directly in the document like SignWriter DOS.  A lot of thought
has been put into it to use the keyboard but it may need a few more
adjustments yet.

Thank you for sharing this important feature with me and list.

Jonathan

On 10/10/2011 9:48 AM, Charles Butler wrote:


Jonathan, What I really want is SignWriter DOS on a modern system.

In that program you could interleave written alphabets and sign writing.
Clunky, but effective.

You could clip signs from a narrative and put them somewhere else.

It was a true typing system for signing so that you could assemble a sign by
typing on a keyboard not a mouse. Yes, I know that the current encoding of
the ISWA is dependent upon a linking of graphemes and coding equivalents.

None of the Studios or other efforts have gone back to actual interleaved
Spoken Language and Signed Language.  I can clip a sign and put it in here
 
<http://www.signbank.org/SignPuddle1.5/glyphogram.php?ksw=AS15a30S15a30S2ea3
aS2ea4eS2fb04M30x28S15a30n24xn28S15a309xn28S2ea3a5x3S2ea4en30x3S2fb04n6x22>
, in TEXT, when does THAT come back in a program. I feel like we are
continuing to take a great leap backward. Until one can type or easily
assemble, one can't' send email that is in sign language with a spoken
language. IF Chinese can do it, I am disappointed in every Sign Writing
compiler on the market that can't interleave. 

Charles Butler

This is an email program and I can do that, but the SW studio and all other
programs do not do that. 


Charles Butler
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240-764-5748
Clear writing moves business forward.

 

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