Sydney conference! HELP!!!!!!
sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Thu Apr 3 14:48:55 UTC 2003
April 3, 2003
Thank you, Charles and Stuart for this interesting discussion - Good
writing on a difficult subject! And best of luck with the conference,
Antony...I hope you are able to go and that this information helps -
Keep us informed....
On Wednesday, March 26, 2003, Charles Butler wrote:
> One exciting advantage is that it often opens up a Deaf person's mind
> to the world of literature. Once they recognize that "marks on paper"
> can record movement, it is much easier for them to understand that
> "marks on paper" can record spoken languages, and that they don't have
> to hear to read spoken languages. Literacy in spoken languages is
> improved, and concepts can truly be explained comparing their native
> signed language to the primary spoken language in their environment,
> using examples in both languages.
> Sign Writing enables teachers to write down the vocabulary set of
> their Deaf students, discovering whether they are learning-disabled,
> or simply can't hear. With an unambiguous recording method, a teacher
> can list words and concepts that are currently in a child's
> vocabulary, just as they would with a hearing child. Just because the
> concept is not known in English does not mean the concept is unknown
> to the child, just in a different language.
Stuart Thiessen wrote:
> I would also look at the story of Sequoyah, an American Indian from
> the Cherokee tribe. There are some good parallels between the
> situation the Cherokees faced and deaf people face today. The
> parallels for example of white having written language but the Indians
> did not just as hearing have a written form of their language, but
> deaf have not had that privilege.
> As I understand, the Cherokee did better at preserving their language
> and culture as compared to other American Indian tribes who did not
> employ a written form of their language. (If others are more informed
> about this, please correct my comments). Essentially, this is a
> parallel from history that we could learn from and use to explain why
> a written form has benefits.
> Another thought is that hearing seem to feel that a language is not
> fully a language until it is written. Obviously, that is false, but
> nevertheless, it is often used as a standard by majority language
> users to put down minority language users.
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