A new era
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Mon Apr 2 18:04:55 UTC 2007
April 2, 2007
On Apr 2, 2007, at 10:44 AM, Adam Frost wrote:
> I feel so lucky. This past weekend and the beginning half of this week
> I am with Val. She has been teaching me all of the improvements that
> Steve has done with SignPuddle. Wow! He has done such a wonderful job.
> Now Val and I are working together and I am asking all sorts of
> questions about the SignWriting system that have either been vague or
> confusing for me. I am even more excited now because she has invited
> me to be a member of the DAC. She and I have talked about what my job
> will be. Needless to say, I am very excited to work more closely to
> make my dream of having my language be a written language with a
> library of literary works. Just thought that I'd drop a quick note to
> the list so that you know what is going on (and maybe why Val seems
> quiet because she and I are working a lot behind the scenes. ;-)
Wow. I see that Adam just posted a really great message...Ha! He is
here in my home and we took a break and he posted that message!
Isn't email great?!!
So here is my report... a longer one!
The CUNY Conference has finished and it was very enjoyable. The
conference was a mixture of researchers who were studying the psycho
and neuro-linguistics of spoken languages, and the same for signed
languages. So many of the presentations had nothing to do with signed
languages, but on Friday last week, they dedicated one day to the
signed language research. I met a lot of new people who had never
heard of SignWriting. We also had long conversations with researchers
who do work with signed languages, and who are interested in using
the new SignPuddle 1.5 server-software. That was very valuable
information for all of us, because we also learned about various
research projects and what they need from us, if they choose to work
with a SignWriting databases.
Kelly Jo Boal from Alberta, Canada, helped us at the SignWriting
table and also attended the conference. Kelly Jo flew home today.
Yesterday we had a SignWriting workshop, and we all learned how to
use the PocketPuddle...lots of fun!
We also have videotapes of Deaf storytelling. One of them, is Darline
Clark Gunsauls signing the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty in ASL...a
very full and animated storytelling that was not a translation, but a
direct telling of the story in ASL...It has never been transcribed
into SignWriting, so Kelly Jo has offered to do that project. THANK
YOU, Kelly Jo, for this offer of your time...we need more literature
so this is a great help!
Adam Frost (see above) also attended the end of the CUNY Conference,
and was in the workshop yesterday. Adam is still staying with me and
will be here until Wednesday. Adam will be working on the ASL
definitions project...that is...to define each ASL sign in ASL, in
both the SignPuddle dictionary, and also in SignBank...the
definitions in ASL can be written with SignText in SignPuddle
1.5...so the new software is just perfect for this task!
We had a surprise visit yesterday from another DAC member - Kevin
Clark!! Kevin stopped by with his Deaf mom, and we all had lunch
together, discussing the idea of publishing books in ASL in
SignWriting. Kevin has accepted working with the DAC again, after a
decade, and suggested that we call our new publishing group the
SignWriting Publishing Company! We all agreed that was a great
name...of course it will still be under the non-profit so we can
raise funds that way through foundation grants, but the SignWriting
Publishing Co gives a name to the project of publishing literature in
written signed languages.
And last I want to thank Steve Slevinski for this outstanding new
software...It is amazing, Steve...THANK YOU! Your hard work has
really paid off ....we are already benefiting from the new features
in SignPuddle 1.5...and everyone has expressed how much they love it...
We sold five PocketPuddles so far...two to people in New Mexico, one
to Canada, one in Los Angeles and Ron in Michigan, and others are
waiting for theirs...so it is exciting!
I will post more information about SignPuddle servers later today...
So now Adam and I must get back to work on writing ASL definitions!
Have a wonderful day everyone!
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