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si5s is a writing system for American Sign Language that resembles a handwritten form of SignWriting. It was devised in 2003 in New York City by Robert Arnold, with an unnamed collaborator.[1] In July 2010 at the Deaf Nation World Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, it was presented and formally announced to the public. Si5s development has since split into two branches: the "official" Si5s track monitored by Arnold and his current partners at ASLized, and the "open source" ASLwrite.[2]

Arnold completed his Masters thesis, "A Proposal Of the Written System For ASL", at Gallaudet University in 2007, looking at the need for a written form for ASL, and proposing the use of si5s. si5s stresses that the “written system is not to offer readers and scholars how sign language functions but how signers think and communicate in sign language.” Its objective is to provide transparency between ASL, as a written language, and other written languages, to allow for a literary study of sign language without glossing. Arnold is currently a faculty member of the Sign Language & Interpreting program at Mt. San Antonio College.

Comparison of some ASL writing systems. SignWriting is at the far left, si5s to the right of it.


  • See also 1
  • Bibliography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

See also


ASL Writing - Blog. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. .
Clark, Adrean. Si5s. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. .
"Si5s Writing LLC | Facebook." Facebook. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. .
"Sign Language & Interpreting - Mt. San Antonio College." Mt. San Antonio College. Web. 13 Dec. 2011.
Twitter. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. .
Write in American Sign Language! Web. 13 Dec. 2011. .
ASLwrite History/FAQ. Web. 17 Feb. 2014 .


  1. ^ The napkin with the first scribbled notes
  2. ^ "ASLwrite History and FAQ". ASLwrite. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 

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