Seeing the description, I think that Adam Frost or others who type SignText to create narrative could definitely show examples of where gesture merges signs to create a whole impression, such as "the dog falls asleep" where it is no longer one sign but a merger of several independent signs merged (which to me is what a gesture is). It is where a blending has become linguistic, like "the slow setting of the sun" or "my eyes got heavier and heavier" which is a continuous repetitive motion. 
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Subject: Re: The SignWriting Symposium in 2014

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September 16, 2013

HI Erika -
That a is fine and you make a very good point…this is really me thinking out loud too….

The International Society for Gesture Studies sounds like an interesting conference and it may be appropriate for SignWriting in the future, so back to back conferences crossed my mind - - it is really just me thinking about whether anyone else attending their conference would be interested in the SignWriting Symposium… 

At this point, and for other reasons, we need to stick with our dates:

SignWriting Symposium 2014
July 21-24, 2014

I might contact their conference organizers to inform them of our Symposium though - you never know who might be interested ;-)

Val ;-)


On Sep 16, 2013, at 11:24 AM, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Sure- I don't mean to suggest we should change the dates to accommodate me in that regard! I'll figure something out - thank you for your suggestion - that could be great :)

On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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September 16, 2013

Hi Erika -
hmmm…it is so hard to get dates that work for every circumstance...

So the 21-24th at least is not in conflict with anything we have found yet - ha!

Maybe you could stay with me as my guest for one week between the two conferences? Perhaps we can work together on your book while we are waiting for the Symposium to begin on the 21st?

Val ;-)


On Sep 16, 2013, at 10:34 AM, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Thanks for noting the Gesture conference Valerie! I'm going to submit an abstract for sure. Too bad they aren't just a bit closer together in dates - I could do both in one fell swoop!

On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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September 16, 2014

Hello Everyone!
OK. Thanks for your responses.

These are the official dates then:
SignWriting Symposium 2014
July 21-24, 2014

And there are actually two other events happening earlier in July that might be related to all of your work:

1. In Washington DC, there is the Gallaudet event:
150th Anniversary at Gallaudet University
Reunion for Gallaudet Graduates: July 9th to 13th


2. at UCSD in La Jolla, earlier in July 2014, there is a conference for anthropology and linguistics!

Full Title:  International Society for Gesture Studies
Short Title:  ISGS 6
Location:  San Diego, CA, USA
Start Date:  08-Jul-2014 - 11-Jul-2014
Contact:  Seana Coulson
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description:  The International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) is pleased to announce the Sixth Conference of the Society for Gesture Studies: Gesture in Interaction. It will be held on the campus of the University of California, San Diego, July 8-11, 2014. 

Devoted to the study of multimodality in communication, the ISGS is an interdisciplinary group of researchers including anthropologists, cognitive scientists, computer scientists, linguists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and semioticians. The Society convenes for a major international conference every two years, and the 2014 meeting will be the sixth. 

Plenary Speakers: 

Herbert Clark, Stanford University 
Susan Wagner Cook, University of Iowa 
Marjorie H. Goodwin, UCLA 
Marianne Gullberg, Lund University 
Asli Özyürek, MPI Nijmegen and Radboud University 
Andy Wilson, Microsoft Research 

Conference Language: 

The conference language will be English. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available.
Linguistic Subfield:  Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.3534


Val ;-)

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