l'd love to do something for this. Working back and forth with both ASL and LIBRAS would be fun. I'm going to learn a great deal in Brazil, and I have transcribed articles for Valerie and for Wikipedia.

Charles Butler
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Clear writing moves business forward.

--- On Mon, 1/14/13, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: idea for SW book
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Date: Monday, January 14, 2013, 2:46 PM

Thanks Chris! That's great! I'd love for you to participate and I'll make sure to keep you in the loop as a plan solidifies.

On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM, chris farman <[log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]> wrote:
That sounds like a fantastic chapter and I would love to help take part in that. I use BSL in SW and do not have much exposuer to this kind of observation as here in the UK SW is not very well known. However i am currently writing a learning manual for SW it would be very interesting to see the same pharagraph translated.
Feel free to email/update me as you wish.

On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway <[log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi all! As some of you know, I am (slowly) working on a book about SW – its development and use across different international sites (including the transnational listserv). As part of this research I’ve traveled to visit Valerie and some other list members, such as Stefan and Maria. I’d love to visit everyone on the list (at least, every one who was willing!) but unfortunately my limited funding won’t allow that. Still, I really want as many interested SignWriters as possible to participate in the book. To that end, I have an idea and I’m curious what you all think about it.


What if we selected some kind of passage that all of you who were willing could translate into your respective sign language and write up using SW? I could devote a chapter of the book to these different texts, which would allow for a comparison across both different sign languages and different ways of using SW. Each writer could perhaps reflect on the choices they made in translating and writing their document, including perhaps how their backgrounds/goals affect these choices. And perhaps participants could also provide their own thoughts about what we can learn from the comparison of these texts.


This is just my initial idea – if you have other ideas please let me know!


Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College