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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Fri Oct 23, 1998  8:31 am
Subject:  Re: SW


On Thursday, October 15, 1998, Erin Wilkinson wrote:

>Is it possible for the story to be completley presented on paper? I am
>thinking of the terms of body language not only the facial expressions, but
>the body itself. The personification of chairs, beds, and etc requires
>my whole body to show the characteristics of these objects. I'm trying
>to picture how it is possible for SW to show the complexity of the movements
>within the body- legs, arms, and torso. Or is the concept of storytelling
>(in all languages) differ from writing (transcribing) stories on paper?
>
>erin
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October 23, 1998

Hello Erin-
From the moment you posted your message, which was very uplifting and
informative, I have been planning to write to you! But just like you, I got
so busy and now look...it is already 8 days later! So please know how happy
your message made me :-)

I put the flashcards together quickly in 3 hours only, with the hopes that
people would tell me if I should go ahead and create more "formal ones". So
judging from what people have already posted, it seems that the flashcards,
at least in general, can be useful...so should I go ahead and develop more
along those lines?

But now to your question above - I know Charles Butler has already answered
your question well. The answer is yes! We can write a story completely,
including the details you mention above :-)

And as you know, last summer I wrote a "complete version" of the Goldilocks
story. I transcribed it from the wonderful ASL storytelling video that
Darline Clark Gunsauls did. I had originally planned to send this complete
version to the schools participating in the Literacy Project, but then I
realized that the teachers had never seen SignWriting before, and the
simpler books were better in the beginning.

Meanwhile, the more advanced reader will be ready in mid-November or at
least by the end of this year. It is 35 to 40 pages of SignWriting with
complete illustrations. It is expensive to print 40 color pages, so I will
be sending only one or two copies to the schools in the Literacy Project,
to see if they like it and can read it. It will teach advanced writers how
to write certain movements that are close to being "mime-like". And if
there is something you can't understand in the writing, you can always look
at the videotape to see what the sign is, and then read the sign again, to
test your understanding.

As you know, an excerpt will be posted on the web on December 21, entitled:
New SW Literature: Advanced Reading, Reading Level 4: Goldilocks In ASL.

So in a few months time you will have something to read!

Good luck with your studies, Erin, and thanks once again for your great
feedback -

All the best -

Valerie :-)

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Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW

SignWriting

http://www.SignWriting.org

Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
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