Request for help in videotaping sign languages

Charles Butler chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jan 25 17:33:19 UTC 2010

My submission to TISLR was rejected, but I'm not sure whether Rachel's was.

Charles Butler

From: SignWriting <signwriting at>
To: SignWriting List <sw-l at>
Sent: Mon, January 25, 2010 12:09:10 PM
Subject: Re: [sw-l] Request for help in videotaping sign languages

SignWriting List
January 25, 2010

Hello Rachel!
THANK YOU for this posting, and everyone is quite excited about your project, using SignWriting in the SignTyp crosslinguistic database.

And while I think of it, I believe you and Charles Butler are presenting a paper about the SignTyp database, and about SignWriting, at the TISLR conference at Purdue University in Indiana, in September, 2010?

I just found a message posted by Charles to the List on September 22, 2009, asking for help with the videos I can see now that this request has been out there for some time...Thank you Charles, for this message in September...(please see old message pasted below Rachel's message below)...Have you received any responses yet? I believe Rachel told me that there have not been many responses...

So everyone, here is the reason why we need your help...the SignTyp project, at the University of Connecticut, is an important one for many reasons. From the SignWriting perspective, it will be one of the first times that SignWriting is used for a linguistic database for sign language linguistic research in the US, and I believe it will introduce many linguists to SignWriting for the first time..

And I am really impressed with SignTyp. One of the cool features is that it will be providing multi-lingual information...different sign languages will be in the database...

That is why we need YOUR help...Your group will be paid to provide videos of specific signs in your sign language, and the SignWriting of those signs, for the database...

Please write to the List if you can help us...I am hoping that videos of German Sign Language, Flemish Sign Language, French-Swiss Sign Language and others can be a part of the project...

We look forward to hearing from you!

Val ;-)


On Jan 24, 2010, at 2:38 PM, Rachel Channon wrote:

> Dr. Harry van der Hulst from the University of Connecticut and I are writing a grant application for a project that will expand the current SignTyp crosslinguistic database ( and add SignWriting.  The goal is to create videotapes of signs of different languages and SignWriting transcriptions of these videotapes. The results of this work will be web-based dictionaries for each sign language as well as a research database.  Each dictionary will include pictorial descriptions of the concept, SignWriting transcriptions and glosses in both English and the language spoken in the same area as the sign language, and records for SignTyp, the research database.  The project should therefore provide material which will be useful to deaf people, to students of the language, and to researchers.
> We are looking for people who could find and videotape native signers of various languages. We would provide a word list (mostly as pictures), and we would be able to pay something to you and to the person being videotaped.  If you are interested or would like more information, please email me at rchannon at
> Rachel Channon
> University of Connecticut
> Department of Linguistics, Unit 1145
> 337 Mansfield Road
> Storrs, CT 06269-1145


Message back in September:

> From: Charles Butler <chazzer3332000 at>
> Date: September 22, 2009 9:13:22 AM PDT
> To: sw-l at
> Subject: [sw-l] Call for help on Paper
> Reply-To: SignWriting List <sw-l at>
> Rachel Cannon of the University of Connecticut, and Charles Butler of the Center for Sutton Movement Writing are looking for help in a demonstration project comparing several signed languages for a linguistic modeling study.
> The project will call for as many as 10 distinct signed languages and video dictionary citations with between 200 and 300 signs per language.
> While Ms. Cannon has credentials in the linguistic field working with SignType, this will be a model project to interface SignType with SignWriting in creating transcriptions of video dictionary citations.
> We are looking for people who for a small remuneration will help in citations of video dictionaries.  I know that we have people on this list with contacts in
> USA,
> Brazil
> Norway
> Sweden
> Germany
> Ethiopia
> Spain
> Colombia
> Portugal
> Saudi Arabia
> This is the first demonstration project I have seen that is being proposed to use multiple languages for the database project coming from a linguistic study field.  What we are in need of now is contact names and emails to cite for a proposal.
> I am working independently for a pilot proposal for TISLR using this method to compare ASL and LIBRAS with a smaller subset of vocabulary.
> If you are willing to help, or know a source video-based citation dictionary, please contact
> Charles Butler
> chazzer3332000 at
> in the USA as soon as possible.


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