Looking for an article for my students
dac at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Jul 8 01:59:14 UTC 2003
July 7, 2003
Dear Polly -
Thank you for your email message below. I am posting it to our
SignWriting List, which has around 200 members. Most are teachers of
Deaf children, or Sign Language researchers. I am hoping some of them
will give you the ammunition you need to prove to your co-workers that
Sign Languages are true languages...
One thing I personally believe...that Sign Languages are becoming
written languages too...and perhaps that would help convince them?
And yes yes! Dennis Schemenauer was one of the ten Deaf native signers
that I hired to work on the SignWriter Newspaper staff, back in
1982-1984....Dennis and Frank Allen Paul created a cartoon series in
ASL...the cartoon characters had SignWriting in the bubbles instead of
spoken language! Would you like to see those cartoons? I can scan them
in and post them to the SignWriting List....
Both Dennis and Frank were brilliant and wonderful to work with...And
yes! I know Brenda Castillo too...Her name is soooo familiar and I am
trying to remember if we worked together or not - I believe so...maybe
a decade ago...I do not know Bob Schaufele...
OK List...what ammunition can you give Polly?
On Thursday, July 3, 2003, at 08:14 PM, Barack wrote:
> I am a hearing teacher who teaches ASL at Kentwood High School in
> Washington state. I am tired of defending the fact that ASL is a
> language. Do you have statistics that show how many world languages
> have no written form? Also, do you have an article that would be good
> for my students to read so when the French teacher (or any of the
> other world language teachers) make remarks to my students that, ASL
> isn't a real language...." they can respond with some authority? I
> got my interpreter training at Mesa College back in the mid-1980s. I
> then moved here to Washington and interpreted for several years. I
> began teaching in 1998. I am articulated with Seattle Central
> Community College so offer college credit to my students. However,
> still no respect from any of the other language teachers at my school.
> Did any of you down there know Dennis Schemenauer? Brenda Castillo?
> Bob Schaufele?
> Hope you can give me some 'ammo'.
> Polly Barack
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