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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sat Nov 24, 2001  1:53 am
Subject:  Question from a researcher...


SignWriting List
November 23, 2001

QUESTION:
>In my search on the internet I'm been unsuccessful in locating data regarding
>how and where you made the leap from Dance Writing to Sign Writing. We are
>curious to know your background, are members deaf, are you a CODA or is this
>area something that holds a fascination for you?

ANSWER:
I have no deafness in my family, and I am not a native signer. I do
sign, since I used to work full time with Deaf people. I have worked
with SignWriting since 1974. At one point I had 10 native signers
working as consultants to my nonprofit organization, and at that time
I was pretty fluent in ASL. The group became known as the "DAC" or
the Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting, taking that name in 1988.
But I am a movement notator, and I started writing signed languages
before I could sign, because I was asked to record body movement, at
the University of Copenhagen in Denmark in 1974. I then made
SignWriting my life's work, after meeting Deaf people at the
University of Copenhagen. Half the world was against me in the
beginning, but now SignWriting is used in 27 countries by small
groups of people...and I have no complaints! I feel very fortunate
that people are trying to write their signed languages. I feel it is
important for the world that the richness of signed languages are
preserved and respected.

There is quite an extensive history written on the web. Here are some
pages to visit:

SignWriting History Archives
http://www.SignWriting.org/library/history/history.html


1. 1966-1974
DanceWriting Begins
Precursor to SignWriting
http://www.SignWriting.org/library/history/hist002.html



2. 1974-1978
SignWriting Begins In Denmark
The Early Years
http://www.SignWriting.org/library/history/hist003.html



3. 1975-1980
SignWriting Begins In USA
MIT, NTD, NSSLRT, NTID
http://www.SignWriting.org/library/history/hist004.html



4. 1981-1984
SignWriter Newspaper
Native Signers Begin Writing
http://www.SignWriting.org/library/history/hist005.html


7. 1974-1998
How SignWriting Has Changed
The Evolution of Writing Styles
http://www.SignWriting.org/library/history/hist008.html


12. 25 years of writing movement
Valerie Sutton's Autobiography
....the inventor shares her dreams...
http://www.SignWriting.org/library/history/hist011.html


Regarding Deaf members of the DAC, who have worked with me in the past:

Deaf Action Committee
http://www.SignWriting.org/usa/usa000.html

Deaf Opinions on SignWriting
http://www.SignWriting.org/deaf/deaf.html

I hope this information is useful!

--


Val ;-)




Valerie Sutton


....visit the...

SignWritingSite
http://www.SignWriting.org
Read & Write Sign Languages

SignBankSite
http://www.SignBank.org
Sign Language Dictionaries

DanceWritingSite
http://www.DanceWriting.org
Read & Write Dance

MovementWritingSite
http://www.MovementWriting.org
Read & Write Movement & Gesture


Deaf Action Committee for SignWriting
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
tel: 858-456-0098....fax: 858-456-0020

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