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Catalina, your thoughts on playing games by subject is certainly a creative idea. The concept of signed languages and SignWriting are a challenge for most people to understand. Translating from one sign language to another is not a simple process as the same handshape and movement can mean drastically different things and the same "meaning" in a spoken language can be signed in drastically different ways as sign languages are as indigenous as any other language, they are not a magically "universal" language. 

SignWriting is a "phonetic alphabet" for signed languages so your concepts could work in a general sense for a child to watch a game, write down the signs he/she would use to convey a soccer game and then try to teach his family those signs.
The Deaf clubs in Brazil in Pelotas, Brazil have used SignWriting for games and labels on everything in the clubs, and there are various games being developed (like Bingo) by several other writers. 

But teaching those signs does not convey the grammar of a language, just like a string of Spanish words does not convey anything in English. You may teach individual signs, and that will encourage a family to learn their local sign language. Mexican sign language has at least three different dialects (I have friends from Mexico) and we do not have enough linguists currently working in Mexico to compile the dictionaries. I don't know what the Summer Institute of Linguistics is currently doing, as they were some of the consultants on the encyclopedic dictionary of Brazilian Sign Language (LIBRAS) called DEIT Libras. I commend you on your work.  Charles Butler [log in to unmask] 240-764-5748 Clear writing moves business forward.
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Charles, That quote is gold! :) I guess it reflects the richness of Sign Language. 

Valerie, Thank you so much for sharing all these amazing games. 
The cards by Anne-Claude Prélaz Girod and the Association SignÉcriture in French-Switzerland 
are actually very similar to an idea that I came up with. 

Before finding out about SignWriting I also had the insight that all the positions of the hands 
were used across different Sign languages and that perhaps there was a way to use them as 
characters to mix and match and create words. Similar to a game of Scrabble, where the same 
chips can be used in different countries, but because the context is different, the interpretation 
is different.

Yesterday night I had the idea of creating a deck of cards with  just one or two hands printed 
on one side. One card at a time the players will take turns to guess the movement, position 
and expressions that are missing and finally guess the word. 
Then technology part comes in when players can use a tablet to scan these cards to see an 
image/animation/video of the correct word . 

I'm curious to know what would happen if the same deck of cards is played by signers from 
different parts of the world. Would all of them come up with different words that use the same  
handshape? Would it be an engaging activity for everyone? 

Something that I'm aiming for in the creation of this game is to allow the players to build their 
own libraries of words. I'm imagining a scenario where a deaf child wants to teach his cousins 
the MSL words related to soccer. He could go take the cards and a tablet to his cousin's house 
and create the libraries of words and the play to see if they learned. 
He could share his library with the community and other signers from the country could use it 
and review it. 

These are just some ideas I had and I wanted to share them with you. 
Thank you!

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