si5s is a writing system for American Sign Language that resembles a handwritten form of SignWriting.wikipedia
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Soon after its release, si5s development split into two branches: the "official" si5s track monitored by Arnold and a new set of partners at ASLized, and the "open source" ASLwrite.
ASLwrite ( ASL: ) is a somacheirographic writing system that developed from si5s.

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si5s is a writing system for American Sign Language that resembles a handwritten form of SignWriting.
Several additional candidates for written ASL have appeared over the years, including SignFont, ASL-phabet, and Si5s.

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New York City

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It was devised in 2003 in New York City by Robert Arnold, with an unnamed collaborator.


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In July 2010 at the Deaf Nation World Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, it was presented and formally announced to the public.


In 2015, Arnold had a falling out with his ASLized partners, took down the website, and made his Twitter account private.

Mt. San Antonio College

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Arnold is currently a faculty member of the Sign Language & Interpreting program at Mt. San Antonio College.


Some words are in fact logographs such as "WHO" and "FOR-FOR."


To build a word, handshapes are bounded to locatives with diacritics and movement marks bounded to the handshape graphemes themselves.

Sign language

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si5s is another orthography which is largely phonemic. However, a few signs are logographs and/or ideographs due to regional variation in sign languages.