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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sat Feb 6, 1999  2:50 am
Subject:  SignWriting In Ireland

On Fri, 5 Feb 1999, Michael Everson wrote:

>I was interested to learn that Valerie just got a package from Ireland. I'm
>Irish national representative to the ISO committee responsible for the
>Michael Everson, Everson Gunn Teoranta **

February 5, 1999

Hello Michael, and welcome to the SignWriting List!

A few days ago I received an email message from Eoghan MacAogáin, from the
Linguistics Institute of Ireland, in Dublin. He wrote to tell me that a
computer programmer would write to me from Ireland - so I bet it was you?!

As you know, there was an "Irish Sign Language Project" that was funded, I
believe, by the EU back in the mid-1990's. Eoghan MacAogáin, the director
of the Linguistics Institute, and Patrick Matthews, from the Deaf
Community, were in charge of the project, along with a team of Deaf staff
members. They decided to use SignWriting to record Irish Sign Language, and
a Norwegian teacher, Ingvild Roald, who is skilled in SignWriting, and who
established the use of SignWriting in several schools in Norway, traveled
to Ireland to teach the Irish group for a few weeks as a part of the
project. The work continued for several years. They worked on two
publications. The first book, "The Irish Deaf Community" was published in
1996. The second book, "The Structure of Irish Sign Language", is not
published yet. Sadly their funding ran out before they could complete the
second book.

SignWriting In Ireland

The comparisons of other notation systems, and then the choice of using
SignWriting, with a listing of Irish Signs written in SignWriting ...are
all in the second book. Patrick Matthews just sent me a package with the
document, for me to edit, which I look forward to...apparently Patrick is
hoping to publish this second book anyway, even though there is little

So ironically Eoghan wrote to tell me the sad news that they lost their
funding, and he did not even know that Patrick had just sent me the
document anyway! And now you write from Ireland - this must be an Irish
week :-)

So today I wrote to both Eoghan MacAogáin and Patrick Matthews, suggesting
that if there is no funding at this time to publish the SignWriting
document in Ireland, we can at least publish some of it on our SignWriting
Web Site, so that Deaf people in Ireland and around the world can go up on
the web to read Irish signs.

So I am waiting for their response to this idea. If they want this, then it
will take time to do the posting. Slowly we will build a bigger and better
library of written Sign Language Literature online. I hope to make the
SignWritingSite a major resource on the web...

Valerie ':-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
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Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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