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March 1, 2014

Charles -
You have already written a journal article about your dictionary. Maybe you can use that document as a basis for your presentation to the SignWriting Symposium?

In 1999, Dr. Antonio Carlos da Rocha Costa started an academic journal entitled “The SignWriting Journal”. Charles’ article was published in that journal. The article is posted on the web on this web page:

SignWriting in Brazil

Scroll down to number 35

Charles’ article

I wish the SignWriting Journal could be “born-again”. Thank you, Antonio Carlos, for starting it -

Val ;-)


On Mar 1, 2014, at 10:51 AM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

SignWriting List
March 1, 2014

Hello Charles!
That will be a good presentation. You are most welcome to prepare an Abstract and Presentation, just as you wish. Share as much as you wish. And you can provide links in your presentation where readers can purchase your materials too.

Please write a one-page Abstract describing or summarizing what your presentation will be about. The Abstract can be written in any language, just as long as we can translate it ;-)

The Abstract will be on the web, so only share what you want to share publicly.

Please send your one-page Abstract to the following two email addresses by April 7th:

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Then, if you need help preparing your presentation, which is due July 7th, we will try to help as much as we can, if you have problems with using PowerPoint or whatever…If you read below, there are three venues: written papers, slide presentations and video presentations.

Thanks for your questions - 

I look forward to reading the Abstracts!

Val ;-)


On Mar 1, 2014, at 10:10 AM, Charles Butler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I wish to give a presentation on ordering of a sign language dictionary. I am willing to share portions of my ongoing dictionary project, but not the entire dictionary. How do I send a select portion and then have the whole dictionary available for a fee? I want others to understand my work and possibly use its principles. 
Charles Butler
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Clear writing moves business forward.

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Subject: CALL FOR PAPERS: SignWriting Symposium 2014 (SWS-2014)

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February 28, 2014

SignWriting Symposium 2014 (SWS-2014)

Abstract submission deadline: April 7, 2014
Presentation submission deadline: July 7, 2014
Online live presentation: July 21-24, 2014
Proceedings published in a web archive: September, 2014
Proceedings published in a PDF book: October, 2014


1. Abstract deadline: April 7, 2014.

2. Write an abstract that describes your presentation in one page or less. At the top of your abstract, state which of the following categories fits your submission:

• SignWriting in Education
• SignWriting in Literature
• SignWriting in Software
• SignWriting in Research

Longer abstracts will also be accepted, but editors will shorten it to make it fit one page. The abstract will be posted on a SWS-2014 web page, which is still under construction. Abstracts will be posted under one of the above categories. If you feel your presentation does not fit any of these categories, please tell us in an email and we will try to decide together with you what to do…

3. Send your Abstract to both these email addresses:


4. Acceptance notices will be sent shortly after your Abstract is received.


1. Presentations deadline: July 7, 2014

2. Your presentation can be ANY length you choose, just as long as it is about SignWriting.

3. There are three Presentation Venues: written papers, slide presentations and video presentations.

a. Written Papers accepted in the following formats:
• .pdf
• .doc
• .docx
• .txt
• .rtf
• .rtfd

b. Slide Presentations accepted in the following programs:
• PowerPoint
• Keynote
• GoAnimate
• Google Docs
• SlideRocket

c. Video Presentations accepted in the following formats:
• .mov
• .avi
• .wmv
• Flash
• WebM
• MPEG-4

Software demonstrations through download links can also accompany any of the above three venues.

You can present in one, two or all of the above three venues. You are also welcome to join us live on the Symposium dates: July 21-24, 2014, on the web. We will announce how that works in a few weeks, when we learn how to do this ourselves - ha!

Before the presentation deadline, we will announce how to post your presentations on the web directly.

One last note: Do not present anything that you want to keep private, since all presentations and abstracts will be posted on the web, and will remain on the web long after the Symposium has ended. The purpose of the SignWriting Symposium Online is to bring people together and to share our SignWriting work publicly, not only during the Live Presentation dates of July 21-24, 2014, but also in a Symposium Web Archive that will remain on the web for future generations.

This first online Symposium is a learning experience for me (Val ;-), but once we accomplish a successful Symposium this year, it can become a tradition that is easier to work with in the future. So your suggestions for improvement are always welcome -

We look forward to reading and viewing your work with SignWriting, and to possibly meet you in July, online or in person...

Valerie Sutton
SWS-2014 Chair

Steve Slevinski
SWS-2014 Chair

Adam Frost
SWS-2014 Chair

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