Sutton SignWriting, or SignWriting, was created in 1974 by Valerie Sutton. It uses visual symbols to represent the handshapes, movements, and facial expressions of signed languages. SignWriting is based on Sutton DanceWriting, a notation system for representing dance movements which Valerie Sutton developed in 1972.
SignWriting is a "movement-writing-alphabet", which can be used to write any signed language. It is the written form of 27 Sign Languages. The SignWriting alphabet writes the way the body looks, when people sign.
SignWriting can be used to write American Sign Language (ASL), British Sign Language (BSL) or any other variety of sign language. There are newspapers, magazines, dictionaries, and literature written in SignWriting. It is also used to teach signs and signed language grammar to novice signers, and can be used to teach skilled signers other subjects, such as maths, history or English.
Gloss and English version provided by Marq Thompson
Sutton SignWriting - tutorials, dictionaries, fonts and other resources
Poetry, stories, songs, parts of the Bible and other written material in SignWriting
The SignWriting Journal
GebärdenSchrift in Deutschland (SignWriting in Germany)
Page last modified: 12.03.22
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