I have the book for si5s and have discussed some with Adrean Clark who wrote the book. Since I am interested in writing sign languages in general, I figured I might as well find out more about their system.
One major difference between si5s and SignWriting is that si5s is not interested in being able to record all the details of the signing. Where SignWriting can be used to be as detailed or as simple as you want, si5s is intended to be as minimal as possible (or so I understand). In some cases, you may not be able to be as specific with si5s as you can with SignWriting. That's an intentional design decision. New symbols are added only if it is absolutely necessary to be readable. At least, that is how I understand the approach.
On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 12:05 PM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]>
February 21, 2013
Hello Bill and everyone -
Yes, the article below had an interesting diagram showing the sign for HOUSE written in several systems, including SignWriting, Stokoe, ASLphabet (never heard of this one), SignFont and Si5S… surprisingly they did not mention HamNoSys!
Here is the diagram from that article:
I think this is a fascinating diagram - eh? ;-))
regarding your questions about Si5S …I do not know too much about it. Adam Frost can tell you more than I can. I have never heard of the middle one called ASLphabet - have you heard of that one, Bill?
In reading that post, I noticed
something called si5s, which I've never seen before. I would like
to study it more - but to do so I'd need to buy the book. That
makes me wonder... Is it just a commercial venture or a valid
attempt to write ASL in a simplified manner?
On 02/20/2013 08:07 PM, Valerie Sutton wrote:
February 20, 2013