SignWriting List
May 9, 2013

Hello SW List Members -
There has been some communication on the SLLING (Sign Language Linguists List) about the SignWriting Workshop - I am happy to tell you that Erika Hoffmann will be attending - so glad, Erika!

Here are the messages from SLLING:


Begin forwarded message:

From: "Valerie Sutton" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: SignWriting Workshop At The Beach!
Date: May 9, 2013 9:07:48 AM PDT
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Reply-To: "linguists interested in signed languages" <[log in to unmask]>

Hello Erika and Mark!

Erika… I am glad you can come to the SignWriting workshop "at the beach" in July… that is great you got funding ;-)

Mark… I guess my wording does seem unusual… We are not writing signs in the sand! Ha! - Although we…

I guess it doesn't sound like a serious workshop, but a lot can get done "at the beach" - the relaxed atmosphere is good for new ideas… it can stimulate new SignWriting projects that continue for years to come...

Actually the workshop is being held, 5 days out of the seven days, at the La Jolla Recreation Center, which is exactly one block from the beach…and I suspect that some of us might want to walk down to the beach and continue the workshop while we are sitting on the sand…why not? ;-)

There will be three teachers, so we can divide into groups if we want to…

On the 4th of July and the 7th - it will be on my deck at my home -

Anyway, all are welcome and we do have some funding for those who cannot afford the entry fee…scholarships are available...

Val ;-)


On May 9, 2013, at 8:39 AM, "Mark A. Mandel" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I won't be there, but have fun SignWriting in the sand. 

But I have to say, "At the Beach" + "in-depth" = "Are you SURE about that???"  ;-)
-- Mark


On 13.05.08, at 21:37, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway wrote:

Yay! It looks like I will get funding from my school to attend! Hope to see many of you there!


On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
SignWriting Workshop At The Beach!

July 1-7, 2013
One block from La Jolla beaches, in San Diego, California...

Learn SignWriting in-depth, for one week, every morning, from 9:00 to 12:00, and then enjoy beautiful San Diego in the afternoons…Just 20 minutes from Mexico too.

Share your research on writing sign languages with three SignWriting teachers: 1... Deaf linguist and ASL teacher Adam Frost, 2...ASL literature writer Nancy Romero, and 3…developer of the SignWriting script, Valerie Sutton…

Scholarships are available, and the beaches are beautiful!

There are hotels and restaurants within walking distance. The workshop is held across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla.

Below is the agenda for the week, which it is flexible. If you arrive with questions related to your specific project, one or more of the three teachers will focus on your issues, while others learn at their own pace…a little like a one-room schoolhouse with different levels, all sharing…It will be fun and fruitful!



SignWriting Workshop La Jolla 2013
July 1 -3, & July 5 - 6 at the La Jolla Recreation Center near the beach
July 4th and July 7th at Valerie Sutton's home (we have a nice deck ;-)

Instruction will be flexible, and probably presented in this order:

SignWriting Basics
For all levels. Everyone receives new instruction manuals. Advanced signwriters benefit from this session too...

Read SignWriting Literature
Learn to "sign out loud" while reading any sign language, and learn to read sign languages silently, for speed. Reading materials will be provided, including sign language Wikipedia articles, children's stories from different sign languages, and thick books in written ASL and a novel written in Spanish Sign Language (LSE) by Steve and Dianne Parkhurst.

SignWriting Hand Symbols
It will be fun to see photos/animation of Hand Symbols, and discuss palm facing and finger directions. A new manual will be presented.

SignWriting Movement Symbols
Adam Frost has developed excellent videos that teach & review movement & contact symbols. This session is exciting and intense. There is so much to learn!

SignWriting Facial Expressions, Body Movement, Timing and Dynamics
Learn SignWriting Facial Expressions, Head/Body Movement, even dynamics and timing of movement. You will be amazed so much can be written!

On July 4th...
Write SignWriting by Computer
(at Valerie’s home)
Individual signs and full documents can be written on the Internet. Bring your laptop. Computers will also be there at the workshop, and there is WiFi. Several software programs will be introduced, including how to post Wikipedia articles in written sign languages. And we will party after we are done – Happy July 4th!

July 7th...
SignWriting Handwriting
(Sunday at Valerie’s home)
You don't need a computer to write...just a pen and paper. This last session gives you a useful daily tool for jotting down notes in any sign language for personal use. A fitting end to a fun week – and a light lunch on Val’s deck ;-)

To register, go to:

SignWriting Workshop At The Beach!

Questions? Want to apply for a scholarship to pay for the workshop fees? Need help finding a nearby hotel?

Contact me:

Valerie Sutton
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858-456-0098 (voice)

We all look forward to meeting you!

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
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