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From:  Stefan Woehrmann
Date:  Tue May 9, 2000  9:09 pm
Subject:  Re: SW list (fwd)

Joe Martin wrote :
> To the list operators....
> We members of the SignWriting list would like to bring your attention the
> following two items.
> first, the date the list started is incorrectly given as August, when it
> actually started on May 11, 1998.
> More importantly, our archives are listed under
> >
> >Category: Top : Health : Conditions and Diseases : D : Deafness
> >
> The SignWriting List is concerned with writing and literacy, education,
> minority languages, and linguistics. It only indirectly has anything to
> do with deafness, (in that, as with any language, some of the users happen
> to be deaf) and it certainly has nothing to do with diseases, or health.
> As a non-deaf linguist with a cultural sensitivity to these minority
> groups, I feel the list should be under "languages" or some more
> appropriate category. Users of signed languages have constantly to fight
> for recognition (and respect) not simply as viable cultures, but for the
> simple right to be considered "normal," and in some cases even human!
> Little things like this classification can do a lot to support them in
> their efforts. I sincerely hope that you will consider this, and change
> our category to something more appropriate.
> Joe Martin,

Hi Joe,

congratulations. I like the way you are able to discuss this issue!

All the best

Stefan ;-)

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