[log in to unmask]" type="cite">Welcome to SignWriting.However, I didn't give up on written SL in general. This is because of my comics work. It drove me nuts that other artists could write comics in their native language and I couldn't. ASLwrite gave me the ability to quickly create full ASL dialogue in 2D space. In a roundabout way it eventually brought me back to Signwriting, not as my chosen method for expression but as one that I could finally grasp and learn from.
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">the Signwriting software is way over my head at this point but I can see the potential for it to fork so that it can be a platform to support planar* written ASL in general.
SignWriting Block Printing is easy to read. It is designed for the reader. The Printing can be written by hand as well as by computer. If I am writing a letter to a friend in ASL, I write the letter in SignWriting Printing, taking the time to make sure that my handwritten-symbols are easy and clear to read. I try to write as clearly as if I were using a computer. Of course it is slower, but it is worth it, knowing that my friend will be able to read my letter!
SignWriting Handwriting is easier to write by hand, than the Printing. It is designed for the writer. There are several variations of Handwriting, and since most of the time, the writer is only writing for private notes, some writers create their own shortcuts that work just for them...and that is fine!
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">I've never applied "planar" to 2-dimensional spatial writing before. Is this a common term or your preference?(*Linear vs. planar refers to the main categories of writing SL. Linear is a la Stokoe where the elements of a signed word are placed next to each other like English letters. Planar is what Signwriting does by condensing 3D language into a 2D space.)
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">It was a very interesting story. Thanks for sharing.why people are resistant to Signwriting. I hope my brief story helps a bit. It's been inspiring to see the body of work and the community here. I have a lot of respect for that.
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">I am a fan of 2-dimensional writing for sign languages. The linear scripts are ugly and cryptic.Perhaps the first step to dismantling the general resistance to written SL is to construct a framework, whether physical or mental, where the evidence for a written SL is clear.
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">Then within that framework the second step would be to provide access to several written SL to see which particular one best fits the individual or group.
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