From: Julian Bradfield (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Jun 13 2010 - 07:37:30 CDT
On 2010-06-13, Jo√≥ √Ād√°m <email@example.com> wrote:
> Sorry for my ignorance but I haven‚Äôt found any reasoning for the
> existence of SignWriting. In my understanding sign languages are meant
> to bridge the gap in communication of individuals, at least one of
> which is unable to either speak or hear the sounds of a spoken
> language. At the same time I cannot see how could it be a problem to
> just use the same spoken language‚Äôs written form when communication
> takes place in printed media.
Your understanding is entirely wrong.
Sign languages are completely unrelated to spoken languages, and are
the native languages of a fair number of people.
Of course, people whose native language is a sign language also need
to learn a written spoken language to deal with everyday life - just
as people in English need to learn English - but that's no reason to
debar them from writing their own language.
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