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April 27, 1998

SUBJECT: Re: Message #2 from Brazil...

Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 22:16:34 -0400
From: "Delamar Weber & Ronice M. de Quadros" <>
Subject: Message 2 # Brazil

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I am glad to hear from you.

I send a message to Marianne with a copy of your message. I would like to say that I am sure that many facts can be the reason for some problems that Marianne mention. One of them that I think very important is the one that Valerie Sutton mentioned in the last week, i.e., there is no material writing in SignWriting in LIBRAS (Brazilian Sign Language). We are just beginning and we have a lot to learn. Another thing very interesting that Marianne mentioned was the fact that the deaf adults are enjoying much more than the kids because of the knowledge of the signs. In Brazil, our kids have no access to sign language early. Usually, their vocabulary is very restrict. This can be a good reason.

Anyway, I think that is a good idea: to think about it. We are just begging a new trajectory in Deaf Education with SignWriting.

Let us keeping talking about it.

To Norine practice her Portuguese: Saudades... Um abraço bem grande e bem brasileiro.

Delamar Weber Jr. & Ronice M. de Quadros
115 Courtyard Lane Storrs-CT 06268 USA Phone (860) 429-1709


On Mon, 27 Apr 1998, Norine Berenz wrote...

>It would be interesting to know more about the uses Marianne Stumpf
>is asking her students to put SignWriting to. Ronice raises some of
>these questions in her comments. If SignWriting is just an exercise
>without real goals, then that may account for the lack of student
>enthusiasm. If students needed SignWriting to write down a poem or
>story they'd seen performed (perhaps on video), then that piece were
>analyzed or re-created, maybe that would help the students see the
>utility of SignWriting.

>Another question I have is the level of literacy in Portuguese of the
>students involved. If they have good Portuguese literacy skills, that
>may actually be a disincentive to learn SignWriting. It seems to me
>that an important use of SignWriting is to show students the
>relationship between conversation (in the sign language) and writing
>(of the sign language) when they are struggling with literacy in the
>majority (spoken) language.

>Just a few more thoughts on the subject...

>South Africa