Date: Wed Mar 15, 2000 6:53
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Research Periodical Specifically devoted to SW?
March 14, 2000
Dear SW List Members!
Please read this paragraph below by Fernando. He asks..."Do we
already have an "International Periodical Specifically devoted to SW?"
The answer, Fernando, is NO!
We have not had enough research, until now, to warrant such a publication....
Is there anyone on the SignWriting List who would like to start one?
I think it would be very important for SignWriting's acceptance into
academia...you are right about that, Fernando.
Although I am always happy to post articles on the web, the truth is,
I personally have no connection to a University, and I think the
SignWriting Reseach Periodical would have to originate from an
institute of higher learning....don't you think?
On 3/13/00, Fernando Capovilla wrote:
>PS: I would like to know if the colleagues know of an international scientific
>periodical on Psychology, Education, Linguistics, Speech-Language Pathology,
>Literacy, Cognitive Development, Neuropsychology, Special Education,
>might accept studies (whether empirical, experimental, or theoretical) on
>SignWriting. I would appreciate very much receiving some references,
>colleagues be so kind as to help me with that. In addition, we might ask why
>limit ourselves to eventual articles scattered in periodicals not devoted
>specifically to SW and deaf education. Why begging for space in generic
>periodicals? Why not having our very own official SW vehicle? Perhaps some
>colleagues in the US, Canada, Europe or Australia (perhaps some
>other country with
>a strong tradition in publication) might want to start an
>specifically devoted to publishing papers on SignWriting (and its
>with topics such as sign language acquisition, literacy acquisition, cognitive
>development, deaf culture, sign language impairment in neurological damage,
>anthropology, speech-language pathology, school performance, etc. to
>name but a
>few areas). When such a periodical (preferably in printed paper) is created
>(pardon my ignorance, should there be already such a periodical), I
>think we will
>certainly draw the attention of more and more instructors and scientific
>researchers, gather research and application funds from scientific
>agencies, start international cooperative research efforts, reach high and
>consolidated scientific credibility and status, have our own international
>biannual meetings sponsored by both government and educational-consulting
>companies (which might advertise their products for deaf education in the
>periodical as well - ISAAC is perhaps a good role-model), and thence convince
>policy-makers to give SW a serious try in the deaf school system. Frequently
>outstanding achievements have humble but solid beginnings, and I do think our
>dedicated periodical would be just what we needed to go beyond at
>this point in
>time. (Again, I sincerely and humbly apologize for my ignorance.
>There must be a
>periodical that already does that even at local levels, and here I am babbling
>about reinventing the wheel... In that case I apologize again and
>receiving some references.) That was just another cent. Fernando.