|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Tue Aug 25, 1998 7:53 pm
Subject: Re: hello world
On Thu, 20 Aug 1998, Cecelia Smith wrote:
>I am Cecelia Smith, and have been away from the list most of the summer. I am
>a graduate student in Linguistics at Gallaudet University.
>Some of you may remember that I was attempting to use Sign Writing as a
>semester project last year... however once I asked for information from the
>list, I fell silent. That was due primarily to the fact that I was unable to
>gather an adequate amount of data to convince my instructor that SignWriting
>was an appropriate topic for a Masters degree student...at this point in time.
>She did acknowledge that the current project will undoubtedly produce enough
>research level data for a "future" study at my level, but I definately got
>squashed on my project.
August 25, 1998
Hi Cecelia -
I think times are changing slowly. You can now tell your professor that
Janice Gangel-Vasquez received her Masters Degree in Linguistics recently.
Her thesis, which involved SignWriting, is posted in its entirety on the
SignWriting Web Site. Perhaps your teachers will want to read it:
Literacy In Nicaraguan Sign Language
At the time you made your proposal to use SignWriting for your thesis at
Gallaudet, Janice had not completed her thesis yet. Now you can point to
the fact that California State University at Dominguez Hills awarded a
Masters Degree to the study of SignWriting skills of Deaf Nicaraguan
Of course, the other important change is that schools in North America are
now using SignWriting, starting this fall. As you know, Caldwell Elementary
School's Hearing Impaired Program, in Wichita, Kansas, already have their
SignWriting books, and today I shipped 20 sets of three books and 9 videos
to the Texas School for the Deaf, for the fourth grade students there.
I would think you will have research data to work with for future studies.
I hope so :-)
Visit the SignWritingSite:
Valerie Sutton at The DAC
Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA