|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Mon Jan 24, 2000 5:36 pm
Subject: SignWriting in Switzerland
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 17:41:13 -0500
>As well, I've been in contact with a family that recently moved to
>Zurich (I think!) because of family responsibilities. The daughter
>(12) is profoundly deaf and the family is now homeschooling (we
>homeschool our son which made for this link-up) as the children's
>languages are Sign and English. The mother was commenting on how
>they did a project on birds and the daughter would write out the
>signs for her reports which immediately prompted me to write them and
>direct them to the SW site!! They went immediately and have been
>back in touch with me to say how wonderful they think it is.
>Wouldn't that be great if, via them, SW could be introduced over
>there?? I'm sure it will happen...
Dear SignWriting List, and Kathy!
Thanks for your great report, Kathy....
That is great, that you have friends using some SignWriting in
Switzerland. Of course Swiss-German Sign Language is different than
ASL... but I bet their deaf daughter will pick up Swiss-German Sign
In regards to SignWriting in Switzerland, there is one research
project that is using SignWriting now. In 1999 they started the large
project of translating the Lessons In SignWriting textbook into
Swiss-German and Swiss German Sign Language. The project has two
offices, one in Zurich, and one in Basel. I do not know if the
project is continuing or not, but I believe it is. I believe they are
creating a dictionary. For some accurate information, I think you
should contact the director of the project:
Dr. Penny Boyes Braem
Forschungszentrum fuer Gebaerdensprache
CH-4059 Basel, Switzerland
The office in Zurich:
Please tell your friends in Switzerland about this...I hope you will
keep us informed about what happens!
Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SignWriting
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA