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American Sign Language: "sign writing"
The following is an example of signwriting by Kimberly Shaw.*
X: "APPLE" [Edit: Changed the "A" handshape to instead use an X handshape
E "munch, munch!"
G "worm sticks head out"
K "using a geometric compass to draw a circle"
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]
Notes from Bill Vicars:
The above story included too much Signed English to be appropriate for an ASL class.
I started to repair the story.
What do I mean by "repair" the story? Mainly just swapping out various "initialized" signs and using ASL versions.
For example, the first sign used a Signed English version of "apple" using an "A" handshape. (Instead of the traditional cocked-X handshape used by ASL for the sign APPLE).
So I edited the first sign in the graphic above to show an X handshape instead of an A handshape.
The general signwriting symbol for an A handshape looks like this:
The X handshape looks like this:
You can see in the story the X handshape being used for Apple.
As I looked over the rest of the story I could see that it would take a lot more changes to turn it into an ASL ABC story and simply wasn't a good use of my time. So I decided to just post it for what it was, an interesting example of signwriting (but NOT recommended as an ABC story).
The original version of the story in SignWriting by Kimberley Shaw is (or at least was) available printed and bound in book form along with a few other stories. She used to sell it (many years ago) for a reasonable sum. To see if it is still for sale, you can email her at: email@example.comSee below for more details:
In a message dated 1/25/2006 7:43:30 AM Pacific Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:Hello Bill:
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 now-4000-entry ASL
dictionary at www.signbank.org/signpuddle/ssn-US -- a little bigger now,
than the last time I wrote to you!
Also see: ELiS
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