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October 26, 2018

THANK YOU, Steve!

Thank you for this great report about these important projects - 

*SignTyp
*LIBRAS Wikipedia & ASL Wikipedia projects
*10-week countdown to 2019!

Thank you, Rachel, for SignTyp - a linguistic project at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) that uses SignWriting as a transcription tool using a specially-designed SignPuddle 2 server ... to transcribe sign languages from around the world.

https://signtyp.uconn.edu/

Thank you to everyone who wrote and are writing articles in the ASL and LIBRAS Wikipedias!

* American Sign Language - https://ase.wikipedia.org/
* Brazilian Sign Language - https://bzs.wikipedia.org/

and...

Thank you, Steve, for your large contribution to software development and SignWriting symbol encoding. You know we are grateful to you for your hard ongoing work -

As you can tell, everyone, our small non-profit here in the US lost its funding...but it is not the end....just a new beginning and we need to start to write grants and to try to gather more savings so we can continue as long as we all are alive ;-)

I am working on that goal slowly, and I want to thank everyone for putting up with the volunteer nature of our SignWriting work -

I hope you all will give some support to Steve Slevinski on Patreon.com:

https://www.patreon.com/signwriting

Thanks again for this report, Steve -

Val ;-)

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On Oct 26, 2018, at 11:26 AM, Stephen Slevinski <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi SignWritig List,

Three topics this week: the SignTyp linguistic coding system, the Brazilian Sign Language Wikipedia, and the 10 week countdown for 2019.

SignType
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SignTyp is a linguistic coding system created by Rachel Channon that has been integrated with SignWriting.  The project has over 20,000 videos from over 20 sign languages.  She has completed several resources that she will be announcing shortly.

Rachel's project is using a customized version of SignPuddle 2 with a semi-automated analysis page she calls the Structured SignSpelling.  She has thoroughly reviewed the ISWA 2010 and created a set of translation files and an explanation of the Structured SignSpelling.  She is sharing her data for the benefit of others. This is a great project and I'm excited to use her data in SignPuddle 3.
https://signtyp.uconn.edu/


Brazilian Sign Language Wikipedia
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This week, the Brazilian Sign Language Wikipedia was recognized as an "eligible" project according to the rules of the Wikimedia Language Committee.  It was said to have a "Reasonable amount of content."  Thanks Adam Frost and everyone in Brazil who was involved.
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/langcom/2018-October/002246.html

The race is on. Which will be the first sign language Wikipedia with a top-level domain?
* American Sign Language - https://ase.wikipedia.org/
* Brazilian Sign Language - https://bzs.wikipedia.org/


10 Week Countdown for 2019
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We have reached the 10 week countdown for 2019.  I was hoping to continue with SignWriting development full time in 2019, but I am only 5% of the way towards my funding goal.
https://www.slideshare.net/StephenSlevinski/for-the-future-of-sutton-signwriting-101403924

For the best possible future, I need your support.  You can directly support our work by joining the Patreon campaign as an individual. You can also encourage your group, institution, school, or governmental agency to support our efforts.  With the great news coming out of Brazil and elsewhere, and with definitive research soon to be published, I think even the United Nations should take notice of SignWriting and support our work.
https://www.patreon.com/signwriting

I believe in SignWriting and I think we have an amazing future ahead of us.  SignWriting is and always will be free to use.  Funding SignWriting development is difficult to sell, but so important for the future.

Regardless of what happens, I will always support SignWriting.

All the best,
-Steve

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