Summer Institute of Linguistics

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Thu Jul 7 18:02:23 UTC 2005

SignWriting List
July 7, 2005

Write to them to inquire at:

Summer Institute of Linguistics

SIL International
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Road
Dallas TX 75236-5629,USA
Telephone: (972) 708-7400
FAX: (972) 708-7433
WWW at


On Jul 7, 2005, at 10:45 AM, Charles Butler wrote:

So how do I get a job with these folks?

Charles Butler

Valerie Sutton <sutton at> wrote:
SignWriting List
July 7, 2005

A good friend just informed me of an article about the Summer
Institute of Linguistics and Stuart Thiessen, just published on the
web in to see your work is getting some
attention, Stuart!...Val ;-)

Here's the article:

The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks has offered a Summer
for Linguistics program for over 50 years, and this summer "the
emphasis is
on sign language," said SIL director Albert Bickford. People from 10
different countries are working at UND this summer to put the grammar of
various forms of sign language into writing. The goal of the linguistic
group is to reduce all spoken languages of the world into writing,
told the Grand Forks Herald, and that includes sign language. It's
not an
easy task -- there are more than 150 forms of sign language worldwide
-- but
it's not all work: faculty, staff and students take meals together and
socialize with volleyball, parties and camping. Graduate student Stuart
Thiessen enjoys being around people who know sign language. "This is one
place where I can tell a joke and the people will laugh," he said.

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