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From:  Charles Butler
Date:  Fri Sep 29, 2000  9:19 am
Subject:  Re: SignWriting at Gallaudet

I am grateful that my poetry is becoming a useful tool to spread Sign
Writing as a transcription system at Gallaudet, even if underground.
Perhaps those of you on the Gallaudet campus should start typing stuff, put
borders on it, and leave it in suspicious places at the Rathskeller, in the
library, in the cafeteria, who knows. It's sort of like Sequoia was when
the Cherokee children were learning to write their language 100 years ago,
and the Elders disapproved. Sigh. It's one thing for a professor to
dismiss with a wave of the hand and a single piece of paper Sign Writing.
It would be a little more difficult if there were a regularly published
8-1/2 x 11 piece of paper with an article in Sign Writing being left all
over campus, without any English on the page. Example follows:

This short announcement (the attachment),

"Bookstore wants Sign Writing books and videotapes. Why? Curiousity?
Networking? Language? Writing? Why?"

could be easily left around.

This took me about 15 minutes to do in thinking up the article, putting it
over into .jpg and putting a border around it. It's not that hard. And if
the Sign Writing was as accurate ASL as people could make it, it might make
a difference. Articles need to be about current campus life, just a
sentence or two, "Gallaudet football team practice daily". "Sign Writing
taught here (on a student's door)" "Lucky me" (on a button or a T-shirt".
"If you can read this, let's chat" (with a time and place). I could,
possibly, free up some Friday nights to come over to the school
cafeteria/Rathskeller and just hang out and chat with people, with lots of
paper and pencil to actually write and help people get fluent.

Charles Butler

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