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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Fri Jan 28, 2000  4:56 am
Subject:  SignWriting Report, Jan 27

SignWriting List
January 27, 2000

Hello Everyone:

I would like to welcome several new members to the SignWriting List.
We are happy to have you with us!

I hope you will free to introduce yourselves to the List. The
SignWriting List includes teachers, linguists, researchers, signers,
Deaf people, interpreters, and even movement notators (grin ;-)

And we have members from at least 21 countries, including Australia,
Belgium (Flanders), Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany,
Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, South
Africa, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and the USA. If I have forgotten your
country, please tell me ;-)

Some List members travel between two countries, such as the USA and
Nicaragua, and the USA and Taiwan.

In the past week much has happened. I am not even sure if I can
remember it all!

I received orders for books, videos and software from several
universities this week. Judy Kegl is teaching a course at the
University of Southern Maine on linguistics, and will be including
SignWriting as a part of the course. I am sure Judy can explain the
course much better than I! Since I print all the books, and package
all the videos myself, it was lucky that I had three textbooks and
three sets of Lessons In SignWriting videos already printed, and I
was able to ship the box immediately to Maine.

There was also an order from Brazil that was urgent, and had to be
sent immediately, an order for software from a school that teaches
German Sign Language in Cologne, Germany, and we have orders for
dictionaries from several libraries. And the Deaf children in South
Africa and France are waiting for their materials too.

Today I had a wonderful conversation with Margalit Fox, a journalist
from the New York Times. It is my great pleasure to welcome Margalit
to the SignWriting List as a new member. Please feel free to ask any
questions you would like, Margalit....and thank you for the interview
today ;-)

And I also want to thank everyone on the SignWriting List who
supplied me with wonderful information about Chinese and the
International Phonetic Alphabet! We were writing a comparison between
SignWriting, Chinese and the IPA...which I hope to post on our web
site shortly.

Cecilia Flood, who teaches SignWriting in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
sent me some lovely new photos of children learning SignWriting. The
children are quite young. One adorable little girl is sitting at the
computer grinning - that is a classic! And little Lance is reading
his writing from the Workbook - showing what he had written. He had
written rows and rows of the flat hand and was totally absorbed in
reading his own writing....I really got goosebumps when I saw them,
and I look forward to posting them soon. Thanks Cecilia for that
great gift -

Tomorrow morning our computer programmer, Richard Johnston, who is
terribly busy, is starting work again part-time on SignWriter 5.0.
Juggling two programming jobs is not easy, especially when he is an
expert in SWING, a special part of Java programming that not everyone
knows. He is also programming specialized programs for the Navy (San
Diego is a Navy town), and they are using he is in
demand. I am disappointed that I do not have the funds to pay him
full-time, but he is very loyal to the project and we are fortunate
to have a specialist willing to work on the weekends with us. I hope
and pray that someday we could have one full-time programmer, but
that is not possible right now.

I hope, after I meet with Rich tomorrow, to be able to start updating
our web site, which is long overdue. Joe Martin, a linguist from
Washington State, is writing a paper on comparing SignWriting with
the Stokoe transcription system, and the paper is being revised right
now. I will start working on the web design for Joe's article this
weekend. But since I know it will take Joe and me some time to
complete this large job, I will post a new Special Feature for Monday
that will be a new Lesson In SignWriting...the basics of writing
Curved Movement.

So that is my little report...which really isn't that little!

More soon -

Val ;-)

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

  Replies Author Date
2635 Re: SignWriting Report, Jan 27 Ronald Dettloff Fri  1/28/2000
2636 Funding SignWriter 5.0 Valerie Sutton Fri  1/28/2000

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