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.

Kim from Boston