The idea of a written form for signed languages has been controversial, and this paper presents a series of experiments designed to provide answers. The findings:
• writing a signed language is in fact possible, using SignWriting, but not using another script. (experiments 1 and 2)
• a script for signed languages must be arranged in the nonlinear fashion employed by SignWriting and not in the linear manner of scripts for spoken language. (experiment three)
• our brains process SignWriting in the same manner they process scripts for spoken language. (experiments 4 and 5)
• Conclusion: reading and writing is the same for both sign and speech, and SignWriting is just another writing system like any other.
|School:||University of South Carolina|
|School Location:||United States -- South Carolina|
|Source:||MAI 57/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Language|
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