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Hello Valerie and everyone,
Valerie askes me to tell you what happen with my PhD thesis on SW and with
the workshop on SW that took place in Rome one month ago. I tried to send
this mail some days ago, but maybe it haven't been sent. So I'll send it
again. Hope you will not double-recieve it. I add also a short comment
about the conference in honor of Elena Antinoro Pizzuto (1952-2011) that
took place in Rome (Italy) 2 days ago.

So...
My thesis... I'm reaching the end... I think I'll expose it on April or
May. I have to write an abstract in English before my discussion so I'll
send you as soon as it will be ready. But I'm very happy about the
reflections of deaf people experts of SW I managed to collect; I hope it
can become a starting point to make SW (and research about it) progressing
more and more..
By the way, Fabrizio Borgia (my informatics colleague who is developing
software for SW) and I will be at LREC Conference this spring and we plan
to go to 2 or 3 other Informatics' conference to explain my researches and
his software (that is an alternative to signmaker). I'll send you the
articles as soon as they will be published (this time they will be in
english...).

About the workshop... It was great! we where 35, 20 deaf and 15 hearing
people. We organise it on 3 days so it was very intensive lessons, but they
were all very interested, so they payed attention for all the time. At the
end they where quite able to write in SW, so we hope they will continue
using it outside, spreading SW all over Italy! It was great to see them
going further the mere SW lesson, asking us things about the implication of
having a writing system for SL, the possibility to use SW with deaf childs
at scool or to write down a poem (there was 2 very famous italian deaf
poets learning SW with us). So we are very satisfy of the workshop and we
hope to do it again in a few months... we already have people in "waiting
list" for the next workshop so... all is positve :-)

At the conference for Elena Antinoro Pizzuto everything has been in the
right way! We were more than 40 speakers (and more or less 100 more people
listening/seeing the conference), and everyone remembered Elena and her
works. The room was so full of emotions!!! It was really great to see that
for all of us Elena was like a volcan, spreading everywhere a need to know
everything, not only in scientific's fields, but also about human being.
There was 5 presentations speaking of SW, 2 focussed on the system SW (from
me and from the SW group of the ISTC-CNR) and 3 focussed on research using
SW (from G. Gianfreda, G. Petitta and E. Wilkinson).

Claudia S. Bianchini
PhD Student @ Univ. Paris8 + CNRS-UMR7023-SFL
PhD Student @ Univ. Studi di Perugia + CNR-ISTC-SLDS
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