13 Jun 2009

Lesson 1: The Theory of "Graphic" Shorthand, 15-18, Lessons in Graphic Shorthand (Gabelsberger), Lippmann

by Corry Shores
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Lessons in Graphic Shorthand


Prepared for the American Public

Lesson 1:

The Theory of "Graphic" Shorthand


Consider how we make the longhand b. We can cut the upward loop, and just have a downstroke with a small up swing. This is the shorthand b.

The long "a" sound in bade and the short "a" sound in bed are quite common. So we give it the shortest and quickest part of the longhand a formation: the initial hairstroke leading-up to the loop.

When we join (blend) the "b" and the "a" characters, we get the i form in or original longhand Vine.

This gives us the word bay. The a stroke is similar to the i stroke.

But we will not confuse the two, because the i stroke is three times longer than the a stroke. The i stroke reaches from line to the top-center line. [Note that in the original German Gabelsberger, these forms take the letters which are phonetically equivalent, e and ei.


Note the difference between bay (17) and
by (18).

Lippmann, C.R. Lessons in Graphic Shorthand (Gabelsberger) Prepared for the American Public.Philadelphia: J.B. Lippencott Company, 1899.

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