idea for SW book

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway erhoffma at OBERLIN.EDU
Mon Jan 14 19:46:02 UTC 2013

Thanks Chris! That's great! I'd love for you to participate and I'll make
sure to keep you in the loop as a plan solidifies.

On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM, chris farman <chrissignstar at>wrote:

> Hey,
> That sounds like a fantastic chapter and I would love to help take part in
> that. I use BSL in SW and do not have much exposuer to this kind of
> observation as here in the UK SW is not very well known. However i am
> currently writing a learning manual for SW it would be very interesting to
> see the same pharagraph translated.
> Feel free to email/update me as you wish.
> Chris
> On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway <
> erhoffma at> wrote:
>> Hi all! As some of you know, I am (slowly) working on a book about SW –
>> its development and use across different international sites (including the
>> transnational listserv). As part of this research I’ve traveled to visit
>> Valerie and some other list members, such as Stefan and Maria. I’d love to
>> visit everyone on the list (at least, every one who was willing!) but
>> unfortunately my limited funding won’t allow that. Still, I really want as
>> many interested SignWriters as possible to participate in the book. To that
>> end, I have an idea and I’m curious what you all think about it.
>> What if we selected some kind of passage that all of you who were willing
>> could translate into your respective sign language and write up using SW? I
>> could devote a chapter of the book to these different texts, which would
>> allow for a comparison across both different sign languages and different
>> ways of using SW. Each writer could perhaps reflect on the choices they
>> made in translating and writing their document, including perhaps how their
>> backgrounds/goals affect these choices. And perhaps participants could also
>> provide their own thoughts about what we can learn from the comparison of
>> these texts.
>> This is just my initial idea – if you have other ideas please let me know!
>> Thanks!
>> Erika
>> --
>> Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
>> Assistant Professor of Anthropology
>> Oberlin College

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College
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