Message From The Author
is opening new frontiers of communication for
signers. This present generation of signers, who
are learning to read and write signed languages
for the first time, are setting the groundwork
for future generations.
SignWriting does not change signed languages.
It is a set of visually designed symbols that
records how people sign. SignWriting captures
on paper the visual subtleties of any signed language
in the world, because it records body movement.
I developed SignWriting out of respect and awe
for the beauty and sophistication of all signed
languages. I am not a linguist, but I have a tremendous
love for learning languages. I will never cease
in my fascination and utter amazement at the richness
of signed languages. Because I respect the Sign
Languages of the world, I want to write them and
Obviously I have not done this enormous task alone.
SignWriting has been developed through a collaboration.
I am most grateful for all of the Deaf people
who have helped me improve SignWriting and shape
its destiny. SignWriting is a living, ever-expanding
writing system that is changing for the better,
as more Deaf people become involved.
These Lessons Online will introduce some of the
basics of Sign Writing. If you would like to learn
more, the Lessons In SignWriting Video Series
and the Lessons In SignWriting CD-ROM may
be the answer for you. Or you may want to use
SignWriter, our computer program for typing
signs. You can learn more about these and other
publications in the SignWriting Catalog or buy them online, in the SignWriting
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