A FEW REMARKS ON SIGNWRITING OR ON THE LANGUAGE OF GESTURES (Kilka uwag o notacji SignWriting, czyli tzw. pismie migowym)
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There is a presentation of ideas concerning the written version of the language of gestures, which is supposed to be used by the deaf. The SignWriting system is a collection of graphic elements (such as lines, arrows, geometrical figures and blackouts), which graphic signs are made of. Graphic sign is a written representation of a gesture sign including its distinctive features. Each distinctive element is marked separately inside each graphic sign. Articulation of the sign-word comes simultaneously, which is why one graphic sign contains all distinctive features simultaneously. At present the set of SignWriting symbols is quite developed, if not excessive. However, not all symbols are used in each language of gestures. It is highly probable that in time different 'alphabets' are going to appear, different for various languages of gestures. The article attempts to apply SignWriting notations in writing the signs of Polish Language of Gestures. It is difficult to define clearly, which type of writing SignWriting belongs to, as it is a mixture of qualities of various types of writing. Although there is a close relation between speech and writing (as a written form of articulation features of the language, which shifts it closer to phonetic writing), the shapes of the symbols depend on the shape of the gesture sign (which in turn makes it similar to ideographic writing).
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