Foreign Shorthand and Penmanship

 Hey Group, I could really use your imput! While speed and facility are important
goals in shorthand, I am most interested  in the theory and principles that not only
served the English speakers so well, but enabled their utilization in other languages
as well. I have been able to get hold of Gregg in Spanish, French and Polish. I am
still looking for German. I have also been able to get books containing the major
French system and two major German systems, which Gregg investigated while
developing his lightline system. As most of you have probably seen, European
cursive penmanship is much more rigid and lacks the curvey, freeflowing appearance
of American Palmer and the modern simpler styles of cursive penmanship. Their
native shorthand systems tend to be linear, not pitmanic geometric, but some do
shade some symbols nonetheless.So I am wondering if any of you have come across some data indicating that the curvealineature of Gregg  might prove difficult to
someone whose style of penmanship is , though linear, yet more vertical and rigid.
That possibly being the case, ddo you know of further data indicating that their
normal writing style would lend itself more naturally to the pitmanic? Any input
would be much appreciated!!!              DOC

(by docbandstand1 for everyone)

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