Date: Thu Feb 11, 1999 8:06
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: question & samples
Fernando Capovilla wrote:
>We would be obliged should you help us write these signs using SW. One
>of our difficulty is that all fingers move one by one (from little
>finger to thumb), and not simultaneously.
>Last year, one of our most dear deaf coworkers, Sylvia Greenspan and I
>translated all the SW lessons from English to Portuguese. She has been
>using that material to teach her colleagues who are very curious about it. She
>taught classes on SW to the deaf kids at the EMEDA (a Sao Paulo City
>the Deaf), and is already teaching a full SW course to her kids this
>academic year (which has just started in Brazil). The dictionary will
>Fernando & lab crew at the University of Sao Paulo :-)
Thanks for this great report. As always, your work is amazing - I don't
know how you accomplish so much...a 900 page dictionary - that is a lot of
I will be happy to help you with the three signs you attached as .GIF files
- I can even place those illustrations on our web site (with your
permission) with the SignWriting right next to them? I had been planning to
add a detailed discussion of "sequential finger movements" anyway, so that
is perfect. I hope to do this in the next week or so.
I am really happy to know that Sylvia is teaching SignWriting in a Sao
Paulo City School - I did not realize this until you wrote this message - I
hope someday Sylvia can document her experiences in the classroom. The
feedback means a great deal right now, since SignWriting is just beginning
in deaf education.
I will inform the List when the Sequential Finger Movement lesson is posted -
Thanks once again, Fernando, for writing...and say "hello" to your crew!
Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA