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From:  James Womack
Date:  Sun Feb 6, 2000  9:51 am
Subject:  Re: Gallaudet University & Signwriting

Based on my experience, I think thebiggest objectors to SW
are educators of the Deaf in general and Deaf educators in particular.
I believe thebulk of this is is basically the same thing that fueled my
once fervent opposition to SW, ignorance and an apparent unwillingness
to take the time to truly look at it closely with an open mind. Until
then, we may have to work mainly with linguists and schools that are
willing to give it an honest chance for the sake of the children alone.
Gallaudet would be the ideal place to truly put SW to the test, but
oddly and atteh risk of being branded a traitor, the university's history
is that of innovative progress when it comes to bucking status quo
as it relates to the Deaf. If you study the history closely, you'll be
at how often Gallaudet had to be shoved, kicked and dragged into real
changes, allowing female enrollment, accepting the Deaf into the graduate
buckling to hearing pressure regarding ASL use on campus (to this day) etc.

I'm a proud graduate of Gallaudet, buther history suggests that when, not
SW takes hold, it will occur from outside influence.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Cecelia Smith"
Sent: Saturday, February 05, 2000 6:25 PM
Subject: Re: Gallaudet University & Signwriting

> In a message dated 2/5/00 9:25:11 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> writes:
> <<
> Who circulated that document? It must come from some office somewhere
> there. >>
> The document in question is part of a packet for a course at Gallaudet.
> is not that they do not have up to date material. I personally made sure
> the instructor in question, and everyone in the Linguistics department all
> had very current material. It is his choice and preference to not use it.
> They do not present SignWriting as a currently viable system, but as one
> many failed systems.
> I honestly do believe that it won't be until students start arriving that
> natural users of the system that they will suddenly wake up to the fact
> SW is not just a fad. (We can also totally ignore the fact that SW has
> used in international conventions as the primary means for documenting
> research.)
> Sometimes, the source of frustration can be easily identified, but not
> changed.

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  Replies Author Date
2716 Re: Gallaudet University & Signwriting Valerie Sutton Sun  2/6/2000
2718 Re: Gallaudet University & Signwriting Michael Everson Sun  2/6/2000

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