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December 15, 2013

Hello Natasha -
Thank you for this message which is very informative. I am happy to know this can be a good tool for teaching SignWriting to ASL students -

And I like your idea of using references to various sources of ASL videos to give approval to the form of the sign that was chosen - that is a good idea - it does not give approval to the way it is written in SignWriting, but it would establish that the sign itself is a sign that is known and used and verified -

SignPuddle Online will improve with these sources -

Val ;-)

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On Dec 15, 2013, at 5:39 AM, Natasha Escalada-Westland <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hello,
> 
> As an ASL teacher who actively uses the ASL Signpuddle dictionary in class,
> I'm all for giving students seeking correct ways to sign a concept some
> guidance as to what might be approved/accepted signs and spellings of those
> signs.  
> 
> With regards to the form of the sign vs. spelling of the sign, would it make
> sense to have those who want their writing included as approved/accepted
> first have the sign itself vetted as an actual ASL sign, or regional
> variation via some type of video and then the spelling itself could be
> approved?  There are many online ASL video dictionaries, some created by
> individuals, some by institutions or working groups. Sometimes in the past I
> have referred to these dictionaries as references when I write a sign. 
> Sometimes I will refer to a work of literature on video in ASL when I write
> a sign.  References to various sources are used to approve new words added
> to spoken-language dictionaries, why not have it be so in the case of sign
> language?
> 
> I like the idea of using non-threatening language as suggested earlier to
> allow students, beginners and those just wanting to play with the inputs to
> feel free to enter signs.
> 
> provisional
> approved/accepted
> non-standard/variation/regional variation
> rejected/play/experimental
> 
> Natasha Escalada-Westland
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