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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Writing and Signed Languages
by Martin, Joe C., M.A., University of South Carolina, 2007, 145; 10798601
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Disterheft, Dorothy
School: University of South Carolina
School Location: United States -- South Carolina
Source: MAI 57/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Language
Publication Number: 10798601
ISBN: 978-0-355-76820-6
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