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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Fri Apr 9, 1999  9:15 pm
Subject:  Re: Advanced SW materials

On Thu, 8 Apr 1999, Kathy Akehurst wrote:
>I realize it adds to your work and the expense of production, but putting
>the SW symbols in different colours as you've done in the 'Learn to Read ASL
>in SignWriting' book is a tremendous idea, primarily because they just
>'leap' out at you as you are reading through the book. I'm finding this,
>personally, very helpful as I still have trouble with the facial expressions
>(and have appreciated the discussion of late as to what/when and how much to
>include in SW). In this book, I'll think I'm concentrating on some other
>aspect of the symbol but I find that I am still picking up the appropriate
>facial expression indicated because it's in colour. It's a great idea,
>Valerie. I still find it difficult, when writing, to be conscious of what
>facial expression is appropriate - but that's another topic!

April 9, 1999

Hi Kathy!
Thanks for your great report on the advanced books I sent you. As always
your writing is very informative and provides me with details I need to
know. I know you are busy and the three books I sent you are not short! So
I do appreciate your time and effort.

I bet there are new members of the SignWriting List who probably wonder
what in the world we are talking about! In a nutshell....I completed three
books last month. I then sent one copy of each book to Kathy Akehurst, and
Kathy promised to give me feedback. I know that in time, with use, we will
be able to improve these books, but at this moment, Kathy is my first true

The three books are all the exact same story "Goldilocks" - and they all
are the exact same transcription from an ASL video, signed in ASL by
Darline Clark Gunsauls. But each book presents the same writing in
different ways:

1. Learn To Read ASL....captures the story frame by frame from the video in
pictures and then places the SignWriting next to each picture. The
SignWriting symbols are color-coded.

2. Goldilocks, Level 3
The same story is now written in SignWriting without any video frames. The
SignWriting symbols are large for beginning readers, there is an English
translation, and the symbols are no longer color-coded.

3. Goldilocks, Level 4
The same story is now written in SignWriting in a small size - down to a
truly comfortable reading size for advanced readers. There is no English
anywhere in the book.

So what happens if you can't figure something out? You refer to the first
book with the video frames to help you figure it out.

So anyway, Kathy, when I get to posting some of this on the web, I will
return to your report to respond to some of the details you mentioned,
since it will be better for everyone to have something to refer to on the
web, while we are discussing it.

For right now, I want to thank you, and the Parkhursts from Spain, and
Fernando Capovilla from Brazil, and many others, for all your reports. They
have not been forgotten, and I am looking forward to revisiting the
excellent points you have made.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton


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