I want to add complexity relative to left handed people...
In Tae kwon do and Aikido (martial arts), a long time ago, I was taught to not have a preferred side, both should be equals.
I am right handed. I work a lot with computer and have pain to my right hand. I studied Québec sign language 3 years ago. I chose my left hand has my dominant hand for signing. (I can easily swap hands for signing.)
When I studied signwritting in March 2013, I copied my right handed teacher signs from a receptive perspective, I had no time to process the sign. Signwritting is not easy for a beginner and my teacher do not let time for taking notes.
After, at home, I wrote as a left handed person from the expressive perspective for my personal notes. Then I shared copies of my personal notes with right handed friends. I swaped to writing as a right handed person.
Since 1 month, I add signs to sign puddle. I write the signs from a right handed person from the expressive perspective.
Before writting a sign, I watch a video from the receptive perspective. Then, I do the sign with the right hand. I watch it from the expressive perspective. After, I write it as a right handed would do. I project the image of my right hand on the screen.
Sometimes, I write very naturally a sign that I see . I was under the impression that I may write from a left handed receptive perspective... by-passing all the swapping I mentionned above.
Hi everyone! I'm going to be giving a paper at our annual
anthropology meetings this fall on a panel about how to best represent
visual aspects of linguistic phenomena.
I want to talk about
the shift from receptive to productive writing in SW. I'm going to
suggest that there are interesting theoretical and methodological
lessons in this shift for scholars who want to transcribe visual aspects
of communication, even if they aren't using SW per se (though I also
want to make more scholars in my field aware of how useful SW can be for
To that end, I was wondering if list members might be willing to
talk with me about their feelings about productive writing with SW. Did
you initially write receptively? If so, how did you shift? (or do you
still write receptively sometimes?). How do you feel that writing
productively affects the way you choose to write (or how you read other
I'd love to hear answers to these questions and anything else you
think is relevant about this aspect of SW, particularly as it relates to
your own ways of using the writing system (for teaching, for research,
for translation, for poetry, etc).
The conference isn't until November, but I wanted to get started on it now, before the semester kicks in!
-- Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway Assistant Professor of Anthropology