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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Tue Apr 27, 1999  8:11 pm
Subject:  SignWriter manuals in Norwegian

April 27, 1999

Dear SignWriting List:
Back on April 18th, I posted a "SignWriting Report". In that report I stated:

>Until now, SignWriter was available in 8 spoken languages (commands
>on the screen only, not the manuals), but now German commands will be
>available for people too. So German is our ninth spoken language.
>Swiss-German fingerspelling is our 15th fingerspelling keyboard.

Soon after, I received the following message, that was meant to be posted
to the SignWriting List :-)

Here it is:


From: "Ingvild Kristine Roald"
Organization: UiB
To: SignWriting
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 12:52:11 +0000
Subject: SignWriter manuals in Norwegian

Hi all,

yesterday Valerie said that the commands on spoken languages other
than English were only on the screen, not in manuals. But since it is
a long time ago that we got the first Norwegan translation (for
version 3.0!) and also the translation for the 4.x , and with all her
workload and everything, it is no wonder she has forgotten. These are
not distributed by the DAC or Valerie, but by

Vestlandet Kompetansesenter,
Bjorkasen vg. Skole
Nedre Bjorkasen 15

They may be of help to Danes and Swedes besides Norwegians, even if the
<Alt+letter> commands are different.

There also is a textbook for learning SignWriting, called "To read and
write SIGN by Suttons SignWriting", a bit dated, but I hope to start
a revision with the help of deaf friends when we have crossed the

SignWriting has been part of the curriculum for those in the general
stream of the upper secondary school for about 10 years now. Only an
introduction, but nevertheless. Besides, I have been into classes in
the elementary school, showing them some of the features, and the
children seem to take to it very fast indeed! After half an hour of
instruction, they can read quite complicated sentences with symbols
they have not been shown. I think that is great.

Good luck to you all,


Ingvild Kristine Roald
Institutt for Praktisk Pedagogikk
Universitetet i Bergen


tel: +47 55 58 47 98 +47 55 11 86 00 +47 55 28 34 34
fax: +47 55 58 48 80 +47 55 11 86 01


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

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1181 Re: SignWriter manuals in Norwegian Valerie Sutton Wed  4/28/1999

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