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October 11, 2011

This message from Claudia never made it to the SignWriting List, because of a mistaken email address, but Claudia wanted to post this to the List...so here it is... thank you, Claudia, for this message -  Val ;-)

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On Oct 10, 2011, at 9:11 AM, Claudia S. Bianchini wrote:

Hello Erika and Valerie
Our target are deaf people (but hearing people can come too if they know LIS well enough!): not researcher or scientist, just "normal" people that want to learn a system to write Sign Language. So we chose to send the invitations to this Workshop using the associative channel and not the academic one, because we want to reach everyday's users and not researchers (but they can come if they want!).
We plan to explain to our students that they can use SW to write a postcard to a friend or to write down a poem in LIS, or that they can use SW at school to explain to a deaf boy something about LIS or about Italian. But at ISTC-CNR we are linguist, so we also plan to explain why SW is so important for us to study LIS. But our real goal is to make them understand the interest of writing sign language and a method (SW) to do it.
Talking about Siena, we work with the "UniversitÓ per Stranieri di Siena" in our VISEL Project (www.visel.cnr.it), but in this project they just make research on how to teach Italian to deaf people using e-learning: I never hear my colleagues speaking about a SW project with Siena, so I really don't know what to answer you.
I hope I answered all you questions.
:-)
Claudia




Il 10/10/2011 17:11, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway ha scritto:
How great! Is this the workshop that was postponed previously?
I'd love to hear more about the workshop  - I downloaded the announcement, but not being able to read Italian, I have some questions still. For example, is the workshop aimed primarily at scholars analyzing LIS or is it also geared for those who might use SW for everyday writing?
Also, have any of the Italian SignWriters been in contact with those running the Deaf studies program in Sienna? I know that school runs a program where college-aged ASL signers can come to study LIS and Italian Deaf culture. SSW could be a very useful tool for that program.
Best,
Erika




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On Oct 10, 2011, at 8:11 AM, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway wrote:

How great! Is this the workshop that was postponed previously?
I'd love to hear more about the workshop  - I downloaded the announcement, but not being able to read Italian, I have some questions still. For example, is the workshop aimed primarily at scholars analyzing LIS or is it also geared for those who might use SW for everyday writing?
Also, have any of the Italian SignWriters been in contact with those running the Deaf studies program in Sienna? I know that school runs a program where college-aged ASL signers can come to study LIS and Italian Deaf culture. SSW could be a very useful tool for that program.
Best,
Erika

On Sun, Oct 9, 2011 at 11:34 AM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
SignWriting List
October 9, 2011

ANNOUNCING our new Special Feature:

SignWriting Workshop in Italy

I hope you all can attend the workshop in Rome!

More information on the workshop is here:

SignWriting in Italy

I hope Claudia can tell us more about it here on the List...

I love the video showing such skilled signwriters... ;-)



Val ;-)

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