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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sun Jan 6, 2002  6:17 am
Subject:  SW Presentation at Deaf Way Conference

SignWriting List
January 5, 2002

Congratulations, Charles, on the acceptance of your SignWriting
presentation at the Deaf Way II Conference in Washington in July!
That is great....;-)))

And I am sorry to hear about your financial problems. That must be
very stressful for you, and I hope you find work soon...

I understand that people are writing to you privately about the fees
for the conference? Keep me posted...I do not know the deadline for
payment, or the amount needed. So write to me privately about it....

No matter what, we will do our best to make sure you can attend -
July gives us some time....

Val ;-)


>Charles Butler wrote:
>I just received confirmation that I have been selected from over 500
>candidates to present at the Deaf Way Conference sometime during the period
>of July 8 through July 13. The proposals were gleaned down to 198
>presenters and my overview paper is due by the 24th of this month for my
>The presentation proposal was as follows:
>Sign Language as Literature - An Exploration of Sutton Sign Writing.
>This is an overview of the basic concepts of Sign Writing and various
>publications that have been done in written sign language. Examples include
>short stories, poetry, newspapers, and dictionaries in several different
>sign languages including ASL, Nicaraguan, Spanish (continental), German, and
>Brasilian (LIBRAS).
>Class time necessary 2 hours. (1 hour teaching time, 1 hour discussion and
>I am now writing all of you to say I need help in registration as I am
>currently unemployed and the deadline is far passed for reduced rates. As I
>live in the Washington area, they accept partial payments but at the moment
>I am not able to give anything at all and still eat.
>I'm saying all this fairly bluntly because I don't know what else to do.
>With the extension of Sign Writing around the world I would strongly wish to
>be able to give a good presentation, and hopefully have the participation in
>that class of various other users of Sign Writing around the world.
>Gallaudet, with the exception of classes taught over 10 years ago, has not
>been enthusiastic in supporting SW as a way of creating true literature. I
>hope to change the public opinion with strong examples from the various
>linguistic communities of SW, including ASL, Brasilian Sign Language,
>Nicaraguan, and continental Spanish sign language, as well as others which
>may be ready by then.
>As much of the presentation will be in the way of transparencies, I hope to
>at least have basic examples of each sign language in the mix, but as much
>as anything I need financial support.
>Can any of you help me in this endeavor, as the job market in Washington DC
>is flat right now. I have not worked since September 11 and things are
>getting very tough.
>Write me if you can help.

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