Below is an example of SignWriting by Kimberley Shaw. It
is a transcription of the
ABC Apple Story.
Note: for a Printed (and bound in book form) copy of ABC Apple
in SignWriting (plus a few other stories),
send me $5, to Kim Shaw at 50 Mendum St, Roslindale MA 02131.
To verify, you can email her at:
In a message dated 1/25/2006 7:43:30 AM Pacific
Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
I have some congratulations to share with you
... a friend pointed out to
me the other day, that if you go to Google, hit
the "images" link, and
then put "signwriting" as a search term, "ABC
Apple" shows right up --
courtesy of your useful and knowledgeable site!
Thought you would enjoy
this visibility, too.
Would you please update the information that
appears at the top of the
ABC-Apple-in-SW page, though?
The ASL anthology which I'm working on has
progressed -- and is very
nearly ready for self-publication! It has more
couple more pieces in it
now, and the price for it unfortunately will
*not* be $5. However, if
people want a copy of ABC Apple all by itself as
a nicely bound booklet,
*that* will be $5!
The anthology contains 9 very different pieces
by different authors; its
price has not yet been set. All of them are in
ASL written with
SignWriting, with *no* English glossing,
translations, or transcriptions!
SW is such a good way to get immersed in ASL
when not with signing
buddies, and I hope that some of your "ASL U"
students decide to go learn
it and try it out. Don't forget to check out the
dictionary at www.signbank.org/signpuddle/ssn-US
-- a little bigger now,
than the last time I wrote to you!
by Bill Vicars
E "munch, munch!"
G "worm sticks head out"
K "using a compass"
O "hole in apple"
Q "grab worm, pull from apple, hold over paper shredder"
R "Ready?" [Asks worm if it is ready to be shredded]
S "Save me!" [worm yells for help]
T "Try, try" [worm tries and tries to get free]
U "Tie gets caught in paper shredder"
W "pulls out of shredder upside down W -mangled tie"
X "worm crawls away"
Z "Where?" [looking for worm]
I also posted a blurb for your book offer (at
the beginning of the page).
I pretty much consider that to be "your" page at
this point...so if you want something changed or
added, let me know.
In a message dated 7/8/2005 5:27:12 AM Pacific
Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:
good to hear from you, and glad to see that you got
enough time to put the
SignWritten ABC Apple online! Although I think people
are probably not
going to have a very easy time printing out the
horizontal format of this
page ... and so, if anybody would like to have a printed
out (and bound in
book form) copy of ABC Apple in SignWriting (plus a few
then just send me $5, and you'll get your book! Mail to
Kim Shaw at 50
Mendum St, Roslindale MA 02131.
I also don't think much of the Gallaudet Handshape
dictionary -- a great
idea, but I, too, am disappointed whenever I've tried to
actually use it. I
think the Stokoe has been more useful in "real life" ...
and I will have a
SignWritten handshape index ready for it very soon, as
Here are some statistics that might be interesting:
number of signs in Gallaudet Handshape
dictionary: "more than 1,600"
number of signs in the 1965 Stokoe dictionary:
number of signs in the ASL online "SignPuddle"
dictionary: 3564 and
growing -- partially searchable by handshape now, but in
the future they
*all will be!
Bill Vicars on Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 5:05 PM
>Forgive the slowness of this response. (To state I've
been insanely busy
>would be an understatement. Heh.)
>I have posted your pics to the Lifeprint Library under
>Here is the link:
>As of 5:57 p.m. my time that link was active but to an
older version. My
>FrontPage web creation software froze and thus I'm
waiting for it to thaw
>and let me save the new version.
>Regarding the "handshape" dictionary...if it is the one
I'm thinking of,
>well, I don't think much of it (grin).
>The idea is good, but the graphics were not appealing.
>I've been thinking that I might "someday" do a
handshape index of my
>There never seems to be a lack of "good ideas"...just a
lack of time.
>But life is good and life is fun.
>Take care and good luck in your endeavors.
>In a message dated 6/20/2005 2:06:57 PM Pacific
>the ABC-apple pages are now in jpeg, which made it
easier for me to clean
>them up a bit, so here they are! Hope these will work
out; let me know if
>any format changes need to happen.
>I saw your answer to one fellow who had seen a sign,
but was feeling the
>lack of an ASL-to-English dictionary to look it up in
-- what is your
>opinion of the handshape dictionary put out by
Gallaudet? Right now, I am
>working on a SignWritten index to Stokoe's
>dictionary, but can't wait until the online SignPuddle
can be turned into
>a true ASL-English dictionary (work in very long
>In a message dated 6/16/2005 1:34:54 PM Pacific
>Please treat these as a preliminary version, however
... before they go up
>on the web, I would like to clean up some of the visual
clutter on the
>fourth page (eg those punch holes on the left), and do
a bit of touch-up
>on a couple of the illustrations (got some constructive
criticism from a
>picky editorial-type person yesterday).
>In a message dated 6/15/2005 2:13:33 PM Pacific
>this is what the "ABC Apple" title-page looks like ...
the next e-mail
>will have the rest of it.
>In a message dated 6/15/2005 2:17:20 PM Pacific
>... and here are the pages of text. If you want to
learn how to decipher
>the notation, then look up "Lessons in Signwriting"
>http://signwriting.org/archive -- it is partway down on
the 2nd page.