For those who are interested, this is the American Sign Language Wikipedia
Sign languages are indeed real languages, and for example American Sign
Language is unrelated to English or even British Sign Language (in fact,
it's closest to French Sign Language).
It is certainly true that sign languages have not historically been written
in any form by most of their users, and so video should be an important
part of any such project, although video is of course not really as
wiki-amenable as text is.
The most complete writing system for sign languages, however, a sort of
International Phonetic Alphabet, is SignWriting, and its community has been
active of Wikimedia projects. There are some technical difficulties with
implementing SignWriting on-wiki, including the vast number of potential
gestures to be represented, that it is not yet in Unicode, and also that it
is written vertically rather than horizontally, but progress has been made
on this with a MediaWiki software extension by the SignWriting community.
On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 5:22 PM, Andrew Lih <andrew....@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 7:32 AM, Cristian Consonni <
> > Il 25/Gen/2015 12:18 "Martin Kraft" <martin.kr...@gmx.de> ha scritto:
> > > Did I miss some aspect? Is there a point in converting something visual
> > into something visual?
> > I have been told that people born deaf find more easy to read things in
> > sign language. I imagine it like the difference between reading something
> > written in your mother tongue and reading something in another language
> > know.
> Yes, I had a deaf student who opened my eyes to this -- he wanted to create
> a video site for the deaf that would have signed videos and movies. He had
> staffers and volunteers take viral YouTube videos and "sign" them for the
> My first question was, wouldn't reading subtitles simply solve the problem?
> Why do you need to do ASL versions?
> He gave me an annoyed look. It's something the deaf community finds
> frustrating to explain to outsiders.
> There's a reason its called American SIGN LANGUAGE and not "signed English
> language." It's a primary language in itself, and reading off the screen is
> as inferior an experience as if we read the subtitles with the sound off.
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