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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Dec 16, 1998  3:15 am
Subject:  Dreams for SW

>I think we all understand each other, perhaps, Valerie. I guess I got
>the impression that eventually, through the hard work of all of us, we
>would be trying to cooperatively create the world's largest and most
>complete dictionary of sign language, in one coherent uniform system.
>Maybe it's just a dream of mine got away.

Charles Butler

Hello Charles and thanks for your messages. Several of us have been
mentioning our dreams for SignWriting lately, haven't we?!

And your dream is a wonderful one - "the world's largest and most complete
dictionary of sign language". That would be a big undertaking, but you
know, if you and others would like to build bigger and better dictionaries
I am all for it, and will give all the moral support I can :-)

Writing systems usually take centuries to become established, and in 25
years we are trying to achieve the same result. We need to take one step at
a time.

I my case, my dream is to make sure that our writing system is a good one -
that it matches the languages it writes, that it is easy for children to
read and write, that it is inspiring and easy to learn, and that it is a
true written form for all signed languages. That is a tall order for a
small, nonprofit organization.

Today I heard that we may receive some funding, small though it may be. Of
course, for us, it will be wonderful!! I received a phone call stating that
funding was coming, but they did not tell me exactly how much! So let us
cross our fingers. If we receive it, it will support the five new schools
who participate in the SignWriting Literacy Project in 1999, plus the five
other groups already involved.

So although I doubt if our organization will ever publish the largest
dictionary on sign language, I hope I can provide the software, the books
and the videos that will assist other groups to do the job.

So please don't give up your dream, Charles - your dreams are needed :-)

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


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

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