Hi Adam ... 


No problem to understand your idea. – I stumbled over the misspelling of
“Wikipedia” ... 





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Gesendet: Dienstag, 9. Oktober 2012 19:27
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Yes, I was the one who created the Wikipedia Logo. For the English phrase
"Free Encyclopedia" I wrote what is better translated to be "Free
Knowledge". This is mainly because there isn't a real standard sign for the
word encyclopedia, but also because there has never been an encyclopedia in
ASL to constitute how Wikipedia is different from other encyclopedias. So I
chose knowledge as an equivalent to the spirit of the phrase.


As for the fingerspelling of Wikipedia, I know that I did it a little
different than most have seen in the past. This is because the experience
that I have had with writing. W and 6 look very similar in ASL. The circle
base could be used for both, and it would be accurate. This is what has been
done in the past. However, I have also come to find that a W could also be
written with a square base and also be understood, but that would not be
acceptable as 6. So I have started writing a W with a square base rather
than the circle base. I placed the handshapes of my hand next to the symbols
below to show what I meant. I believe that is the only difference that you
were talking about. If there are others, let me know and I will be happy to
explain why I chose the way of writing that I did. :-)






On Oct 9, 2012, at 8:06 AM, Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:

Hi Valerie and list –

Would be an intersting idea to send messages with a little typo or different
spelling from time to time to get feedback from people who are supposed to
to be able to read SignWriting ...


I try to understand the message – written next to the Wiki-logo  does it say
“free know Wikipedia”  - in other words “Do you know the Wikipedia
SignWriting project is for free”  ...


I followed the link and in both cases there is a typo in  the fingerspelling
of “Wikipedia” – perhaps the author wants to fix that – smile?


I am not familiar with Twitter but I understand that this is also a way to
promote the idea of the benefits of SignWriting.


All I can say – again and again and again my deaf students take so
tremendously advantage from the bilingual documents we create and read day
by day. One of my students has got a hard time to read spoken language
documents but the same boy iss able to read the “GebaerdenSchrift” documents
so fluently that all of us cannot help but smile and laugh. And he is so
motivated to catch up with reading spoken language...


All best






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SignWriting List

October 9, 2012


Hello SignWriting List!


A friend of mine just gave our new ASL Wikipedia Project a Twitter account….
(big smile ;-)


I am not sure how Twitter can help us, but it looks great!


ASLWikipedia on Twitter


We are trying to raise funds to help pay for software development and
hopefully, someday, we might be able to hire ASL writers to be editors and
to write lots of articles… This is a US national project. In time we hope to
encourage Wikipedias in other sign languages and countries too, of course.


Thank you to all the sign language writers in the world!


Val ;-)


Valerie Sutton

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ASL Wikipedia Project on Wikimedia Labs <> 



ASL articles are translations of articles in the English Wikipedia:


1. Charles-Michel de l'Epee


2. Laurent Clerc


3. Alice Cogswell


4. City of Helen, Georgia




ASLWikipedia on Twitter