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L'adattamento del sistema SignWriting da parte di utenti sordi esperti

Abstract : SignWriting (SW) [Sutton, 1995] is a tool to write and transcribe signs belonging to Sign Languages. The system keeps evolving, as it could also be seen by the regular updating of the International Sign Writing Alphabet (ISWA), the set of glyphs (symbols) composing SW. During our study, we examined many texts produced in the SLDS of ISTC-CNR; it appears that their authors, all of them deaf people and SW experts, tend to adapt SW to their specific representation needs, thru the insertion of modified or new glyphs beyond the standard ISWA. In this paper we report the characteristics and regularities of these “invented” glyphs, and their acceptability in regard of SW; moreover, we analyze the differences in producing hand-written and typed glyphs, specifically dealing with the limitations of SignMaker (the official text editor of SW) in the creation of new glyphs; thereafter, we present what is offered by SWift, a new text editor for SW, developed by F. Borgia with the SLDS cooperation; finally, we discuss the criteria required for implementing these non-conventional glyphs into the official ISWA. In conclusion, SW should be considered an open system, where a continuous expansion is necessary to satisfy the users’ needs, starting with the creation of new glyphs and ending with their inclusion in the ISWA. That notwithstanding, this expansion does not make the system more complicated, at least if the new glyphs keep following the SW rules coherently.
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Claudia S. Bianchini. L'adattamento del sistema SignWriting da parte di utenti sordi esperti. Conv. "In cammino verso il linguaggio: dalla deissi gestuale alle Strutture di Grande Iconicità" in memoriam di Elena Antinoro Pizzuto, CNR, Jan 2012, Roma, Italy. ⟨10.13140/RG.2.1.2539.5049⟩. ⟨halshs-00722582⟩



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