What was published in the 1970's?
....SignWriting papers & books 1974-1980.....


"I am looking for an OLD reference to SignWriting, something perhaps that was authored in the 1970's? I don't have anything specific in mind, but I do want to be able to point people to something published on paper at the beginning of the invention."


Here is a listing of some SignWriting publications from 1974-1979:


Fall, 1975
"Examples of Notation of a South Pacific Sign Language"
ISBN: 0-914336-32-0
This booklet recorded mime-like gestures and home signs of a lone Deaf man, based on research by Rolf Kuschel. It included pictures with SignWriting illustrations.

Fall, 1976
"Examples of Notation of Danish Deaf Sign Language"
ISBN: 0-914336-03-7
This booklet showed Sutton's first attempts at recording Danish Sign Language in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

Summer, 1977
"Sutton Movement Shorthand; Writing Tool For Research."
First paper on SignWriting presented in the USA by Valerie Sutton, in Chicago, Illinois at the National Symposium on Sign Language Research & Teaching. Published in: Stokoe, William C. (ed): "Proceedings of the First National Symposium on Sign Language Research and Teaching." Chicago,Ill (1977) - pp. 267-296

Spring, 1978
"Hørende Danskeres Gestus-Repertoire (Hearing Danes' Gesture-Repertoire)" by Jan Enggaard. This published research used SignWriting to record hearing person's gestures, with contributions by Valerie Sutton. The research was conducted at the Audiologopædisk Forskningsgruppe, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

July, 1978
"SignWriting, Sutton Movement Shorthand, The Sign Language Key, Key 5"
Textbook: ISBN: 0-914336-06-1; Audio & Videotapes: ISBN: 0-914336-07-X
First SignWriting textbook, with 8-hours of video and audio instruction. It is an historic record of how the system was written in the 1970's. No longer in print.

Fall, 1979
"NTID Technical Signs Manuals"
SignWriting symbols are used in a series of Technical Signs Manuals, produced at NTID in Rochester, New York, under the direction of Dr. Frank Caccamise. In 1979, Valerie Sutton was a full-time consultant to the project for six months, and is the author of the second manual, which teaches the SignWriting symbols. Over 10 manuals have since been published. The movement symbols of SignWriting are blended with life-like illustrations, showing technical signs used in different professions.

Fall, 1979
"Sutton Speech Writing"
This booklet described and illustrated Sutton's attempts at writing the detailed movements of the mouth, jaw and tongue while speaking. It was written while Sutton was a consultant at NTID. Audiologists and speech pathologists at NTID stimulated the project. Sutton analyzed detailed videos of speech production, and developed a system for notating the mouth and tongue movements. Indirectly this was an influence on SignWriting, since some movements of the mouth are recorded when writing signed languages.

October 26, 1980
"A Way To Analyze American Sign Language & Any Other Sign Language Without Translation Into Any Spoken Language"
Paper by Valerie Sutton presented at the National Symposium on Sign Language Research and Teaching in Boston, Massachusetts.

If you go to this web page:

Univeristy of Hamburg Library..Sutton Listing:

You will find a long listing of Sutton publications... a lot more!

Valerie Sutton




Please feel free to write if you have questions.

Valerie Sutton


Deaf Action Committee for SignWriting
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
P.O. Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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