Hello everyone from SW List!
I am so happy with our list. SignWriting is really very special and
I like the idea to know each other, since we have a thing in common:
This is what put us together!
I am Brazilian and my first language is Brazilian Sign Language. I
was born in a deaf family very nice. In that time my history began to be
related with Deaf Community. I am not deaf, I am hearing and I acquired
Portuguese as well. Now, I am learning ASL, English and SignWriting. It
is amazing experience!
I have been in USA since August 1997, because I am working in my thesis
with Dianne Lillo-Martin at the University of Connecticut. I am analyzing
the structure of Brazilian Sign Language and language acquisition.
I also work with Deaf Education in Brazil. Actually, I began to study
Linguistics because of the problems with language in Deaf Education. Until
now, we try to show people that LIBRAS is a natural language and
has a writing system independent from Portuguese. We have a lot to do in
We are beginning some projects. One is related with SignWriting, in
which I have been working with Valerie Sutton in the last time. If you
want to know about it, visit our web:
I also am interpreter of LIBRAS and Portuguese. In Brazil we have some
groups of interpreters and we are working by ourselves to improve the quality
of our work to attend Deaf Community. We do not have courses and training
as here in USA.
SignWriting is a grace for me. I always though that we lost a lot when
we tried to put in a paper what we were thinking in sign language, because
we needed to think in the words of the spoken language. Now, we do not
need more this. Smile!
Finally, one thing more, I am marriage with a very special person.
He is Delamar Weber and always is giving me support in my projects. He
had no relation with Deaf Community until to know me. He is learning some
signs. My parents think his signs funny!
That is it!
My name in signs is:
Ronice Müller de Quadros