SignWriting List
September 2, 2013

Hello Stefan, Erika, and everyone -

I think this is amazing. Ideas never die, they are just re-born in new ways every decade it seems!

It seemed that Receptive writing was gone for SignWriting, and now it is breathing new life, and in new ways - and each new idea adds beauty to the writing system…

This is an exciting document, Stefan - Showing two people contacting each other together in one sign - this is not the way we wrote multiple people dancing on a stage under a music score, but it works beautifully anyway!

I would suggest a line separating each sign…I can show you how we do it in DanceWriting later if you wish -

Because this is the SignWriting List, I did not want to just talk about DanceWriting but to find other SignWriting documents that write multiple people signing to each other - we do have such documents that were handled differently, but I think this is really cool, Stefan!

Thank you for sharing with us -   Val ;-)


Stefan's attachment

On Sep 2, 2013, at 8:51 AM, Stefan Wöhrmann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi Erika, Valerie  and sw-list
due to so many different tasks I am late to answer your email.
Just for fun ... I experimented with this kind of writing showing to people in interaction – You should be able to read this document. It is kind of movement – writing. For my students it is so much fun to see a written document of their way to say “hello” to each other when they meet the first time in the morning. You will notice that I decided to write expressive/receptive mode in one and the same sign... so your brain gets information about who of the two is doing what. The person next to you (down on the line- acts from your point of view as the reader) – The other person acts as if you are watching him (receptive) ... at the same time...
All best
(You can write this document with our powertool for school the “delegs-editor” just say  “new document” ... ask for the “dgs- dictionary” and type  “Begrüßung01 Begrüßung02 Begrüßung03 Begrüßung04 Begrüßung05 Begrüßung06....”  later I will have to rewrite the signs in SignPuddle so that they should fit better in between the lines ;-.))  )
Then you may want to create a PDF  .. you know ... )

Von: SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages [mailto:SW-[log in to unmask]LEGE.EDU] Im Auftrag von Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 21. August 2013 15:54
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Betreff: one more receptive/expressive question
Hi again! Thanks to all who responded to my earlier question - such helpful responses! I'll be sure to keep you all updated about the paper. 
I noticed something in your replies that made me think of an additional question: most of you talked about the process of writing and how expressive/receptive affects that process. Do any of you have any thoughts on how the choice affects reading? For example, when you read something written expressively, do you think that it makes you experience the writing differently? Are you more likely to sign it "out loud" (physically perform the signs in whole or in part while signing)? To notice spelling or writing choices that would differ from your own? Does putting yourself in the writer's shoes make you relate to them more?

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College