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Below is an example of SignWriting by Kimberley Shaw.  It is a transcription of the ABC Apple Story.
Note: for a Printed (and bound in book form) copy of ABC Apple in SignWriting (plus a few other stories),
send me $5, to Kim Shaw at 50 Mendum St, Roslindale MA 02131. 
To verify, you can email her at:
In a message dated 1/25/2006 7:43:30 AM Pacific Standard Time, writes:
Hello Bill:
I have some congratulations to share with you ... a friend pointed out to
me the other day, that if you go to Google, hit the "images" link, and
then put "signwriting" as a search term, "ABC Apple" shows right up --
courtesy of your useful and knowledgeable site! Thought you would enjoy
this visibility, too.
And ...
Would you please update the information that appears at the top of the
ABC-Apple-in-SW page, though?
The ASL anthology which I'm working on has progressed -- and is very
nearly ready for self-publication! It has more couple more pieces in it
now, and the price for it unfortunately will *not* be $5. However, if
people want a copy of ABC Apple all by itself as a nicely bound booklet,
*that* will be $5!
The anthology contains 9 very different pieces by different authors; its
price has not yet been set. All of them are in ASL written with
SignWriting, with *no* English glossing, translations, or transcriptions!
SW is such a good way to get immersed in ASL when not with signing
buddies, and I hope that some of your "ASL U" students decide to go  learn
it and try it out. Don't forget to check out the now-4000-entry  ASL
dictionary at -- a little bigger now,
than the last time I wrote to you!
Kimberley Shaw



"ABC Apple"
by Bill Vicars

B:CL "table"
C:CL "set-on"
D "worm"
E  "munch, munch!"
F  "hole"
G "worm sticks head out"
H "sit"
I "ink"
J "drafting/drawing"
K "using a compass"
L "lunch"
M "Monday"
N "No!"
O "hole in apple"
P "kill!"
Q "grab worm, pull from apple, hold over paper shredder"
R  "Ready?" [Asks worm if it is ready to be shredded]
S  "Save me!"  [worm yells for help]
T  "Try, try"  [worm tries and tries to get free]
U "Tie gets caught in paper shredder"
V "Stuck"
W "pulls out of shredder upside down W -mangled tie"
X "worm crawls away"
Y  "Now"
Z  "Where?" [looking for worm]

Yeah...if you'll clear your cache and refresh your browser window on:
You'll see the page version that I was saving prior to the program freeeze.
You got to see the "half-finished" page version cuz yer special.
I also posted a blurb for your book offer (at the beginning of the page).
I pretty much consider that to be "your" page at this if you want something changed or added, let me know.

In a message dated 7/8/2005 5:27:12 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

Hello Bill:
good to hear from you, and glad to see that you got enough time to put the
SignWritten ABC Apple online! Although I think people are probably not
going to have a very easy time printing out the horizontal format of this
page ... and so, if anybody would like to have a printed out (and bound in
book form) copy of ABC Apple in SignWriting (plus a few other stories),
then just send me $5, and you'll get your book! Mail to Kim Shaw at 50
Mendum St, Roslindale MA 02131.
I also don't think much of the Gallaudet Handshape dictionary -- a great
idea, but I, too, am disappointed whenever I've tried to actually use it. I
think the Stokoe has been more useful in "real life" ... and I will have a
SignWritten handshape index ready for it very soon, as well!
Here are some statistics that might be interesting:
       number of signs in Gallaudet Handshape dictionary: "more than 1,600"
       number of signs in the 1965 Stokoe dictionary: ca. 2,300
       number of signs in the ASL online "SignPuddle" dictionary: 3564 and
growing -- partially searchable by handshape now, but in the future they
*all will be!

Bill Vicars on Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 5:05 PM -0500 wrote:
>Forgive the slowness of this response.  (To state I've been insanely busy
>would be an understatement.  Heh.)
>I have posted your pics to the Lifeprint Library under the heading
>Here is the link:
>As of 5:57 p.m. my time that link was active but to an older version.  My
>FrontPage web creation software froze and thus I'm waiting for it to thaw
>and let me save the new version.
>Regarding the "handshape" dictionary...if it is the one I'm thinking of,
>well, I don't think much of it (grin). 
>The idea is good, but the graphics were not appealing.
>I've been thinking that I might "someday" do a handshape index of my
>There never seems to be a lack of "good ideas"...just a lack of time.
>But life is good and life is fun.
>Take care and good luck in your endeavors.
>In a message dated 6/20/2005 2:06:57 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
>Hello Bill:
>the ABC-apple pages are now in jpeg, which made it easier for me to clean
>them up a bit, so here they are! Hope these will work out; let me know if
>any format changes need to happen.
>I saw your answer to one fellow who had seen a sign, but was feeling the
>lack of an ASL-to-English dictionary to look it up in -- what is your
>opinion of the handshape dictionary put out by Gallaudet? Right now, I am
>working on a SignWritten index to Stokoe's dated-but-still-quite-useful
>dictionary, but can't wait until the online SignPuddle can be turned into
>a true ASL-English dictionary (work in very long progress).
>Kimberley Shaw
>In a message dated 6/16/2005 1:34:54 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
>Hello Bill:
>Please treat these as a preliminary version, however ... before they go up
>on the web, I would like to clean up some of the visual clutter on the
>fourth page (eg those punch holes on the left), and do a bit of touch-up
>on a couple of the illustrations (got some constructive criticism from a
>picky editorial-type person yesterday).
>In a message dated 6/15/2005 2:13:33 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
>Hello Bill:
>this is what the "ABC Apple" title-page looks like ... the next e-mail
>will have the rest of it.
>In a message dated 6/15/2005 2:17:20 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
>... and here are the pages of text. If you want to learn how to decipher
>the notation, then look up "Lessons in Signwriting" here:
> -- it is partway down on the 2nd page.


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