SignWriting List
March 29, 2012

THANK YOU, Kim, for the great photo of your SW Handwriting - Writing by hand is flourishing, as I said…I was able to retrieve the photo - it is great! Here it is attached…Can you all see it now? Val ;-)


On Mar 29, 2012, at 7:13 AM, Kimberley Shaw wrote:

> #%$^*
> Sorry list. My lovely picture turned into a string of code that nobody
> needs to see.
> Take Two, I'm trying it as an attachment now.
> - Kim from Boston
> On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM, Kimberley Shaw <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Sure! I'm glad to volunteer an example of real-world handwriting.
>> I have a whole folder full of songs which are translated from English or
>> Yiddish into ASL. They are written while my ASL-consultant creates an
>> on-the-fly interpretation of the song's printed words. I never can write
>> quite fast enough to capture "real-time" signing -- wish I could! As is,
>> there are a certain amount of against-the-rules shortcuts that I use, which
>> are faster to write than the standard version, and make sense to me. (So
>> that when the director decides to use a song I and my consultant translated
>> 5 years ago, I can still read and understand notes from 5 years ago...)
>> There is a constant tension between writing nicely, neatly and properly, and
>> writing quickly and more streamlined!
>> It is true that standard Signwriting doesn't always flow easily from pen or
>> paper. It feels very much like writing in Hebrew when you have to use all
>> the diacritics and vowels, versus just writing cursive consonants, as fluent
>> Israelis (and Yiddish speakers) do.
>> So here's a picture of one song, unedited, unimproved, warts and all.
>> Straight from my cellphone. I hope it gets from here to there OK.
>> Best,
>> Kim from Boston