Date: Sun Sep 30, 2001 1:47
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: SignWriting in Madrid, Spain...
September 29, 2001
Dear Steve and Dianne!
Great to hear from you on the SignWriting List. Thank you for this
wonderful report...It will help with the Spain web posting I am
developing, which seems to never get finished.
Congratulations on the enormity of your accomplishments in Spain.
Your books are popular, and you are making a lasting contribution...
I am quite excited to hear of your plans for more books in different
styles...how fortunate we all are!
Congrats on the new baby on the way. We look forward to seeing a cute
picture in 2002! When you return to the US, I hope you will give me a
telephone call - I look forward to it!
>Warmest greetings from Spain. You asked what we have been up to lately.
>Right now we are in the process of trying to wrap up all our existing
>projects. As you may know, we are expecting a new little one due in late
>December. After that we plan to be in the States for about 9 months. Next
>summer we have been asked to help teach a course at the University of North
>Dakota on SL linguistics (sponsored by the Summer Institute of Linguistics).
>Right now we have a set of three courses planned:
>Signed Language Structure
>Sociolinguistic factors affecting signed language fieldwork
>Signed Languages and Literacy
>The last course will focus on SW but there will also be a general
>introduction to Stokoe, HamNoSys, and a few other systems. If anyone is
>wants more information, please contact me personally at
> (don't just respond to this message to the
>Back to what we are up to now. As you know we have a lesson book that we
>designed to teach Deaf adults to read and write their language. We've had
>good success with that (more than 300 students to date). But we realized
>that those who are not fluent in LSE (Spanish SL) do not do well with the
>book. So we are in the process of cutting the book into 36, 15-minute
>modules that can be added to any SL course. The focus is on those who are
>just beginning to learn SL. A Deaf organization will be testing out the
>materials this year.
>The second major project we hope to finish up is a series of videos to
>accompany the lesson book so that there is less of a need for trained SW
>teachers to teach the courses.
>We are also rewriting the lesson book for Catalan SL (the SL used in
>Barcelona and Catalunya).
>Of course we keep publishing our little SW magazine. We just started the
>third year of publications and issue 17 is at the print shop right now. So
>little by little we are building up a base of literature.
>Last year we picked up our work on the LSE dictionary which lay dormant for
>about four years. Dianne needs to make one final check on the Spanish
>glosses and then we can send it to you and you can distribute it on your web
>page if you would like. So far it has about 4150 signs.
>Well, that's a brief update. Sorry to be so silent on the list, but we do
>read everyone's comments with interest.
>Have a super day!