Thank you!!

Val ;-)


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From: "Dix, Carolin" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: AW: ISWA in multimodal transcripts
Date: May 27, 2021 at 3:54:11 AM PDT
To: Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]>

Dear Valerie,

thank you very much for your answer. 
And yes, I joined the SignWriting List and it is very fascinating to go deeper into the SignWriting system and the discussions. I already learned so much about SignWriting.

To give you an impression on how I designed my transcripts I attached a short extract of an article I wrote about my system and which will be published soon. Although it is in German (currently I work on the english version), I hope that you can get the idea.

And of cause you can mention my project to the list as well as to individual researchers.

Kind Regards,


On Apr 12, 2021, at 12:12 AM, Dix, Carolin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Dear Mrs. Sutton,

my name is Carolin Dix. I work at the department of German Linguistics at the University of Bayreuth (Germany). In the process of writing my PhD-thesis I started to use the ISWA inventory in combination with a system for transcribing verbal language to transcribe my data of naturally occurring social interaction. 
While developing this system of multimodal transcription some questions appeared and I hope that you can give me a cue how to handle them.

- 1st: My impression is, that because of its steady development for transcribing sign languages the ISWA system works very well for auto-tactile movements but not for socio-tactile ones. Do you see possibilities for representing e.g. touching another person, handshakes, kisses and other cooperative gestures? 

- 2nd: A similar problem is with transcribing when people touch objects. With Sutton Movement Writing you show the example of the craftsmen gestures, but is there a way to represent in general that there is an object involved? In my data people grab a helmet, have a cup, a pen or paper in their hands, touch a steering wheel etc. Right now I transcribe the form of the hand (according to the ISWA) but I have no good idea how to represent that an object is involved, where the object is touched and how the object changes its position. 

I am very enthused of how the ISWA has improved my multimodal transcrips and would be very happy if you could help me to fine-tune my system.

I look very forward to hearing from you
Best regards
Carolin Dix

Carolin Dix, M.A.
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Universität Bayreuth
Fakultät für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Lehrstuhl für Germanistische Linguistik
Universitätsstraße 30, GWI, Raum 0.29
95440 Bayreuth
Tel.: 0921/55 36 28



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