I'll be in Osnabruck for most of June. I'm hoping to learn more about how the students' daily engagement with writing both DGS and German (and signed German) affects the way they think about and relate the different codes. It's exciting to get to observe a classroom in which SSW is so much a part of the curriculum! Thanks to Stefan for allowing me to visit!
SignWriting ListMay 17, 2012Hi Erika and Stefan!Wonderful. So when will you be visiting Stefan's classroom of Deaf students using SignWriting?Which month in 2012? And what is the focus of your research, Erika?Tell us a little about your research plans for SignWriting…Val ;-)-------On May 17, 2012, at 6:00 AM, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway wrote:Yes! I just finalized the plans - as I mentioned, I didn't get the larger grant I applied for, but I got a smaller grant that I will use to spend a month in the school.
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SignWriting ListMay 16, 2012Hi Erika!We would love to see you. Come visit us in La Jolla anytime…And I heard from Stefan that you might be traveling to Germany for research on SignWriting there? For a couple of weeks? Is that right?Val ;-)---------On May 16, 2012, at 5:02 PM, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway wrote:Val that IS a great update. Congratulations to Adam on his MA - and how exciting that you'll be able to work on all these projects together. Maybe I could visit you two at some point during the year - I'd love to finally meet Adam.
ErikaOn Wed, May 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
SignWriting ListMay 16, 2012Hi Ron and everyone -I forgot to mention, that one of my personal projects, is helping the publishing of the Bible, translated into American Sign Language (ASL) and written in SignWriting… Some of my jobs related to this are:1. Assisting with the book publishing of Ron Dettloff's Deaf Church's writing of the Gospel According to Mark…Gospel According to Mark2. Assisting with the book publishing of Nancy Romero's ASL translations of the New Living Translation (NLT)3. Assisting with the web design for all Bible translations written in any sign language…There are also other projects starting around the world…and I am happy to assist with all of them - just write to me to ask for assistance…for example, there is a new project from Saudi Arabia … they are producing a teacher's training kit…and I hope to be helping with that project -Life is fun!Val ;-)-----------On May 16, 2012, at 8:38 AM, Ronald Dettloff wrote:Good reportR. H. Dettloff
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SignWriting ListMay 16, 2012Good Morning SignWriting List!Here in La Jolla, California, where I live, we have a sunny morning that brings smiles to everyone…and I am writing to share our smiles with all of you…smile…;-))Adam Frost, a member of our DAC (Deaf Action Committee), has just graduated from Gallaudet University, with a Master's Degree in Linguistics (congrats, Adam!).Last Friday, my parents and I watched Adam receive his diploma in the Gallaudet graduation ceremonies, on the web with live video streaming from the event at Gallaudet. It was a beautiful ceremony….The lead speakers at the graduation ceremony were amazing - One of the presentations was from the Finnish president of the World Federation of the Deaf, and I believe he was signing in a blend of Finnish and International signs, and then other Deaf interpreters were interpreting in ASL, and then others were voicing in English with simultaneous captioning on the live video streaming. It was beautiful technology and beautiful signing!Here in my home we have several laptops and a wireless connection, so I was able to place a laptop on my elderly mother's lap and she was able to watch the whole ceremony, reading the English captions, and she watched Adam walk to the podium to accept his diploma…we were in tears it was so exciting...Then Sunday evening, Adam arrived here in San Diego, to live with me and my family, for the next year. Then Adam hopes to return to Gallaudet in September, 2013, to start his Ph.D in Linguistics.So for the next year I am blessed with Adam's assistance on several SignWriting projects. Here are our general plans, although things can change as needed:1. Video instruction, in ASL, with English voice and captions, for 4 computer programs:SignPuddle 2Delegs EditorSignWriter StudioSignWriting Media Wiki Plugin(for creating Wiki-style encyclopedia articles in SignWriting)(if there are other new computer programs for SignWriting, which need instruction, please tell us)2. Lessons in SignWriting, Video Series, Video 3: SignWriting Movement SymbolsThis video was already filmed in 2008 with Lucinda O'Grady Batch and Adam Frost teaching Movement Symbols in ASL, but the video footage was never edited and completed as a movie…so Adam will be doing the video editing to put the movie together. It will be great to have a third video in the Lessons in SignWriting Video Series.3. SignWriting Movement Symbols Reference ManualUsing excerpts from the above video, Adam and I will create a Reference Manual that will show each Movement Symbol in the International SignWriting Alphabet 2010, and explain them in ASL, with examples of how to write with them…If we can get this much done in the next year we will be lucky!!Meanwhile, our organization, the Center for Sutton Movement Writing, will also be focusing on other projects too…Steve Slevinski's new software developments expand further than just SignPuddle 2 and the SignWriting Media Wiki Plugin…and Steve's new developments will be highlighted as they are completed.I am also looking forward to working on a new project that has just received funding, but I cannot discuss it until we have permission to announce it - But it is coming in 2012-2013 as well - It is a database project using SignWriting...I want to thank everyone for your ongoing support for SignWriting…Thank you to those who are creating new software…Thank you to those who teach SignWriting around the world… and ...Thank you to all the researchers who write theses and dissertations and do research...I hope you will feel free to post your reports about your work too...Have a splendid day -
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Assistant Professor of Anthropology