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November 2, 2011

Thank you, Erika!

It was lovely to have you as a guest and I enjoyed learning to read Nepali Sign Language from your research in Nepal, in the Receptive Viewpoint, during your stay here in January 2010.

During that visit, while working together on Erika's research documents, Erika chose to change from the Receptive Viewpoint to the Expressive Viewpoint, but that was a hard adjustment to make, once you get used to writing one way...

Ironically it was hard for me to try to read a document in the Receptive View, after all these years - Back in the 1980's, Receptive was the norm, and then members of the Deaf Action Committee for SignWriting (DAC) demanded that we change to Expressive and we have never returned to Receptive since - so what was easy before became hard for me to read -

And that is why the one-on-one private seminar was really positive for both Erika and myself - If I had not talked at length with Erika I would not have realized that the Receptive and Expressive would have been an issue -

So if researchers are writing extensively in SignWriting, and would like personal attention to your documents, consider traveling here and working with me - It will be good of all of us and a lot of fun too!

Write to me privately if you are interested -

Val ;-)

On Nov 1, 2011, at 5:42 PM, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway wrote:

I visited Val for this purpose and can attest to how wonderful it was to work with her, to stay in her lovely home, and to see beautiful La Jolla!

On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 5:44 PM, George Veronis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Dear Valerie:

I had not realized that you live in La Jolla.  I spent many a happy visit to SIO during the 50s 60s and 70s and I have many colleagues who are still active there.  But alas, my age has conspired to keep me on the east coast.

I am still learning signing but have not gone into Sign Writing any farther than the simple introduction.


On Nov 1, 2011, at 5:31 PM, Valerie Sutton wrote:

SignWriting List
November 1st, 2011

Dear SW List -

I am offering private SignWriting seminars now, from my home in La Jolla, just three miles from the ocean...If you know of anyone who is interested in learning SignWriting software, or interested in learning how to write Sign Language literature with private lessons and room and board in my home, please refer them to me... Weekly seminars are available, and we can design the lessons specifically around the needs of the participants, learning to write any sign language in the world, from video or from your own signing knowledge.

If there are more than one person requesting semi-private lessons, we can arrange for rooms at local hotels. La Jolla is a suburb of San Diego and is very beautiful. Take a look at these pictures of La Jolla:

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Write to me privately to make arrangements -

Val ;-)

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Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
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Oberlin College