Hi Adam ...
No problem to understand
your idea. – I stumbled over the misspelling of “Wikipedia” ...
List: Read and Write Sign Languages [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Im Auftrag von Adam Frost
Gesendet: Dienstag, 9. Oktober
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Betreff: Re: AW: ASL Wikipedia has
a Twitter account ;-)
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
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:
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
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
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Auftrag von Valerie
Gesendet: Dienstag, 9. Oktober 2012 16:04
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Betreff: ASL Wikipedia has a Twitter account ;-)
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!
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!
ASL Wikipedia Project on Wikimedia Labs
ASL articles are translations of articles
in the English Wikipedia:
1. Charles-Michel de l'Epee
4. City of Helen, Georgia