Back to HomeASLSJ is a written form of American Sign Language. There are several goals to making a written word. One use is being memory aid, though many words are not spelled exactly as they are pronounced. Another use is taking someone else's word with a focus on some aspect of the meaning by adding prefixes or suffixes. This, too, does not form a perfect relationship between form and meaning.
The end goal of making making words from a natural language is "decomposition," breaking phrases into easy-to-handle units separated by spaces. We remember phrases in our native language, but assigning a unique spelling to each phrase would be very hard to read and remember. If we can write the words that make up phrases, we can hope that someone who understands our culture will be able to piece them back together and possibly apply something we learned to better their own life.
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