Re: Writing a proposal for an unusual script: SignWriting

From: Julian Bradfield (
Date: Sun Jun 13 2010 - 07:37:30 CDT

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    On 2010-06-13, Joó Ádám <> wrote:
    > Sorry for my ignorance but I haven’t 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’s 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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