Thank you Adam too!!
Yes I agree with Valerie that the speed of SignWriting ASL is amazing :) It can almost confidently be said that there is a growing pool of skilled and fast SignWriters! 
Adam, I have forwarded your sentence to Terry also- you come up with an interesting aspect of translation and the differences between languages/modality.  If Terry does publish any article I am sure he will be making it available, so I'll keep you posted. Thanking you very much on his behalf.

On 8 September 2013 04:53, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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September 7, 2013

Hello Adam!
This is so cool…Thank you for writing your version and for explaining about writing ASL grammar and passive forms and ASL syntax … Yours and Nancy's translations and writings are similar - very true - which makes it even more interesting for Terry Joyce's thesis -

Maria…can you send both writings and explanations to Terry Joyce?

I think the speed of getting two such examples so quickly is remarkable and then such detailed explanations - smile -

Thank you, Nancy and Adam -

Val ;-)


On Sep 7, 2013, at 7:18 PM, Adam Frost <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I personally had a hard time thinking of how to write this sentence into ASL since "written" is in the passive form and ASL syntax handles passive statements in a very different fashion than most people would think. I was trying to think how I would have signed the same concept were I talking with my friends. I couldn't really think how I would do it. I did, however, come up with the writing. (And it isn't that much different from the sentence that Nancy wrote, albeit not expanding on "ASL" or shortening "SignWriting".)

Glossing of the above statement:

The first 3 signs are all topicalized by the raised eyebrows followed by a pause to indicate the main idea of the clause. The last 3 signs are added information about the what kind of ASL example it is: a writing in SignWriting.


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On Sep 7, 2013, at 4:41 PM, maria galea wrote:

Dear list members particularly ASL users,

A friend of mine who happens to be a linguist in the field of writing systems of the world is hoping to include the mentioning of SignWriting as a writing system of the world, and he has asked if someone could translate the following sentence into ASL SignWriting:

"This is an American sign language example written with SignWriting "

If you could add sign-to-meaning correspondences, syntactic factors, and lexical selection considerations would be helpful for him.

Thank you! It would be great if SignWriting makes its way into the academic field of writing systems, so thank you very much for helping out with this (i can't do it myself, because I'm not an ASL user)

best regards to everyone!