Date: Sat Nov 24, 2001 4:24
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: research paper on sign writing
November 24, 2001
I thought perhaps I should first answer Liegh's question about Dr.
Karen van Hoek first....smile...it is easier for me to do that....
Karen...I hope I have our history correct below? If not, feel free to
inform us ;-)))
>Is it Ph.D, Dr. van Hoek? I'd like to clear regarding addresing you correctly.
I would like to share with everyone, a little about Karen's
contributions to SignWriting history. We owe much to Karen, for she
stood by me when only two linguists in the world backed
SignWriting...Dr. Judy Shepard-Kegl, and Dr. Karen van Hoek....back
in the 1980's...
Karen received her ph.d in linguistics from UCSD (University of
California at San Diego), and Karen worked (while getting her
degree), at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, in the Lab for
Cognitive Neuroscience and Sign Language Research, directed by Dr.
At the same time, Karen was also the resident linguist for our Deaf
Action Committee For SignWriting (the DAC), working closely with
native signing Deaf DAC members, to create the ASL grammar lessons
written in SignWriting. Two of those lessons are posted on the web:
Course 4: Writing ASL Grammar In SignWriting
There are actually 12 grammar lessons by Karen...
And last, another true contribution, is the use and development of
SignWriting Shorthand as a handwriting for daily use...recently Karen
and I started working on updating my old Shorthand textbook, but
because of lack of time, we have only barely started!
So I hope to get back to that soon, Karen!
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