“Thinking-for-Writing”: A Prolegomenon on Writing Signed Languages

Autor/a: ROSEN, Russell S.; HARTMAN, Maria C.; WANG, Ye
Año: 2017
Editorial: American Annals of the Deaf, 161(5), 528-536
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Sistemas de transcripción de las Lenguas de Signos


In his article in this American Annals of the Deaf special issue that also includes the present article, Grushkin argues that the writing difficulties of many deaf and hard of hearing children result primarily from the orthographic nature of the writing system; he proposes a new system based on features found in signed languages. In response, the present authors review the literature on D/HH children’s writing difficulties, outline the main percepts of and assumptions about writing signed languages, discuss “thinking-for-writing” as a process in developing writing skills, offer research designs to test the effectiveness of writing signed language systems, and provide strategies for adopting “thinking-for-writing” in education. They conclude that until empirical studies show that writing signed languages effectively reflects writers’ “thinking-for-writing,” the alphabetic orthographic system of English should still be used, and ways should be found to teach D/HH children to use English writing to express their thoughts.