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Re: A beginning alphabet of gestures

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Sunday, February 20, 2005, 21:12
Gary wrote:

I've barely gotten started, but if anyone is
interested, I have the bare beginnings of an alphabet
of gestures for spelling a con-sign language here:

Indeed, very neat looking!  How do you make serifs,
etc., so well?  Or did you just modify existing characters?
(I have the hardest time trying to create fonts that have
a roman "look" to them, unless I can just twist an existing
character around.)

So, how *is* that sign pronounced?  Can you tell me
using SLIPA?  ;)

Also, you know your idea of a species of aliens that had
no vocal chords, etc., is really not at all different from
the situation deaf people have found themselves in
throughout history.  Deaf people come into the world
without exposure to language, unless they come into
contact with other Deaf signers.  So the first signed
languages were actual creations ex nihilo.  Even though
there are tons of hearing people in the world, and
deaf people can learn to write spoken languages, they
really don't have spoken language input.  In that case,
deaf humans are really in exactly the same position as
your aliens.