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SignWriting in Research

“Writing Bodies, Blurring Boundaries:
SignWriting practices reflecting and producing new analyses of language"

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Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway



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“Writing Bodies, Blurring Boundaries:
SignWriting practices reflecting and
producing new analyses of language
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Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway

Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College
King Building 305
10 North Professor Street
Oberlin, OH 44074-1019
erhoffma@oberlin.edu

The creation and use of any writing system is always an ideological process, by which some aspects of a communicative ecology are deemed vital for representation and some are not.  In turn, the beliefs and assumptions that affect the creation of a writing system are often perpetuated by its use (Duranti 1997); writing systems can reinforce users’ awareness of some aspects of language and, particularly when a writing system is thought of as the best or ideal representation of that language, make it harder to be aware of other aspects (Silverstein 1981).

Modern linguistics emerged from the ability to objectify language through writing, in a context in which alphabetic writing was seen as the best and most developed form of writing. Consequently, scholarly and popular beliefs about the nature of language broadly are influenced by writing practices in complex and pervasive ways. In this paper, I explore how the use of SignWriting, which diverges in several radical ways from alphabetic scripts that map onto sound contrasts, presents an opportunity to notice and analyze aspects of language use that may be obscured by language ideologies that influenced and are reinforced by dominant writing systems. In particular, I argue that SW practices provide a chance to think in new ways about three kinds of boundaries: those between linguistic and paralinguistic phenomena; between communicative modalities; and between different social groups.

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Article published in the
Language & Communication Journal
January 18, 2017:

"Feeling your own (or someone else's) face:
Writing signs from the expressive viewpoint."


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Writing signs from the expressive viewpoint."


Article published in the
Language & Communication Journal
Volume 31, Issue 4, October 2011
Pages 345–355

"Writing the smile:
Language ideologies in, and through,
sign language scripts"


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Language ideologies in, and through,
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Article published in the
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Signs and Society,
Vol. 1, No. 2 (Fall 2013), pp. 243-272

"(Don’t) Write My Lips:
Interpretations of the Relationship between
German Sign Language and German
across Scales of SignWriting Practice"


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