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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Mon Mar 29, 1999  4:22 pm
Subject:  SW Bible Translations

March 29, 1999

Hi Everyone!
As you know, I am hoping to build an extensive SignWriting Library Online.
The nice thing about the world wide web is that once literature is posted,
it can remain there for the world to access, no matter whether I am able to
work or I see our SignWriting Library as an important resource for
the future.

Back on March 12th, I received this email message from Reverend Dettloff,
who is a member of the SignWriting List:

To: SignWriting List
From: "Ronald H. Dettloff"
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 08:06:06 EST

Dear Valerie,
Just to keep you up with what is going on here. We are all still
excited about SW and are using it every week in our church. I just
translated the Lord's Prayer into SW.
We have done some of the parables of Jesus and other verses.
What I need help on is ASL facial expressions. I need more
lessons than just the one on topicalization. If I could learn how to
better use the facial expressions I could make better use of my ASL

Ronald Dettloff, Pastor
The Deaf Church


Then I received this message:


To: SignWriting List
From: "Ronald H. Dettloff"
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 08:42:05 EST

You may post my translations and I would appreicate it if other people
could improve them and send me a copy or disk we could all help each
other. There are many words in the Bible that need to be put in SW which
might be useful in other fields.

God bless, and thanks for the encouragement,

Ronald Dettloff, Pastor
The Deaf Church
20880 Ten Mile Road
St. Clair Shores, Michigan 48080


Also, I received a document in the mail from Reverend Dettloff, typed in
SignWriting. The document consists of ASL translations of different
passages from the Bible, including Luke 10:30-10:37; and Matthew 6:9-6:13.
I was particularly pleased to see that they used ColumnMaker to print the
document down in vertical columns. It is nice to see someone use

So thank you, Ron, for the document and the question about facial
expressions. I am glad you are interested in applying different aspects of
grammar, which is the hardest part of writing any language. As you know, I
have several lessons on this subject, but have not had the chance to post
them on the web yet. I can imagine that must be frustrating for all of you
- and for me too!!

I think the first step is to go back to your document on the computer, and
add the Topic Markers. They are not in the document right now. In fact,
there are no facial expressions at all in your document at present. So
start with the Topic Markers, since that lesson is already online:

Writing ASL Grammar
Lesson 1: Topic Markers

Once you have added the Topic Markers to your document, send me the typed
SignWriter files as attached files through email. Do not send the attached
files to our SignWriting List, but to me personally at:

Valerie Sutton

Then I can edit the documents and post them on our web site, for others to
read. Then I will inform the SignWriting List, and perhaps some members
will have comments and feedback.

I know others have already posted messages about facial expressions, and I
hope to jump into that discussion soon, so I would suggest following those
messages closely for new tips :-)

Thanks very much, Ron, for the work you are doing!

And if there are other people on this List who have typed documents in
SignWriting, write to me and we can discuss possibly adding your work to
our SW Library Online...I already have several documents waiting to be
posted. I will try to post them in the order they are received :-)

Have a great day everyone -

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton


The DAC, Deaf Action Committee for SW
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

  Replies Author Date
1125 Re: SW Bible Translations Ronald H. Dettloff Fri  4/2/1999
1126 Re: Facial Expressions & Bible Translations Valerie Sutton Fri  4/2/1999
1161 McReynolds HomeSchool #2 Valerie Sutton Thu  4/22/1999
1150 SignWriting Report April 18, 1999 Valerie Sutton Sun  4/18/1999
1182 SW List ASL Project Valerie Sutton Wed  4/28/1999

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