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May 4, 2011

Hello Claudia and Maria!
Thank you for the name of your dissertation, Claudia. I am sure we can find the links to your articles online. It will be great to gather information together.

I actually envy you the digital divide between country and city, Claudia. I work out of my home, in La Jolla, California, which is a suburb of San Diego. Even in my home office, we have fast internet connections, although not as fast as a business district, it is still amazing how comfortable it is to work from home here...and yet...the other day we lost all our electricity because of an accident, and 8 hours later we got electricity again. During those 8 hours without using all my equipment I enjoyed relaxation - and being one with just "living" - so maybe it is best that work is better for you in the big city - great to have a divide between personal life and work life -

Enough with philosophy!

I can well imagine I overwhelmed you with individual graphics files. Those pages that I sent regarding the Heel of Hand, are from a new book that I am writing with Adam Frost, entitled "SignWriting Hand Symbols". You can download the first four chapters of the book here:

SignWriting Lessons

Click on number 3 on that web page.

The Heel of Hand pages are not in the first four chapters however. I plan to post the entire book in time, which has 10 chapters. The Heel of Hand pages are in Chapters 5 and 10. So I hope to post Chapter 5 soon and I will tell you when it is ready.

I have already found links to several of the papers you listed in your previous message and will post those links as well. I wish I had more time in a day, but all this is coming...

Regarding getting the Archives in a zipped file - that might be possible for Archive 1 and 2, because of the excellent work of Bill Reese. Bill provided us those Archives on our web site, and we created a CD with the files, which I could either ship to you, or perhaps prepare a download for you -

But the Archive that is most important for researchers is Archive 3, which is hosted at I will need to ask them how we can arrange for such a download, or maybe we can mirror their site on our SignWriting web sites, which will then give us more control over the Archive.

Meanwhile, you can access the Archives here:

More soon -

Val ;-)


On May 4, 2011, at 6:22 AM, Claudia S. Bianchini wrote:

Hello all,
I answer to Maria and Valerie at the same time...

My PhD thesis' title is "Émergence d’un système d’écriture pour les Langues
des Signes et réflexions métalinguistiques conséquentes: la LIS Écrite (Langue
des Signes Italienne Écrite) et le SignWriting" (Rising of a writing system for
Italian Sign Language and consequent methalinguistics reflexions: the Writing-
LIS and the SignWriting).
I don't know if you can find some of our articles online, maybe the LREC's one!
I'll try, in the nexts months, to put them online on my website, ok? by the
way, if you tell me which one you want, I can send it to you privately...
Obviusly, if you are working on something like my project, I'll be very happy to
know about it... can you give me some of your references? I can read in
italian, french, english and spanish...

Your explanation was exhaustive, you have helped me a lot!
For the mailing list archive, is there a way to have them all together, ready for
download, in a zip archive or one single file??? For me it will be easer to read
them like this than going everytime online*. I think I'll find very interesting info
in the archives.

*personal info: I live in the beautifull countryside of Rome... but in Italy, we
have a enormous "digital divide" between the city and the countryside. So,
even if my house is only 7 miles far from downtown, I've only a 56kb
connection there... at home surfing the web become a Yoga patience
exercice!!! :-P

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton

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