News from a lurker

Wayne Smith wayne at MRLANGUAGE.COM
Sun Jan 19 18:28:56 UTC 2003

Valerie and all!
      I apologize for being such a lurker. I've been very busy with my school ( and with teaching ASL 101 and 102 classes for the local branches of the University of Maine at Augusta, but I've been following the conversations daily.  You are all doing such a wonderful job of developing something that will be an incredible tool for research, sign language teaching and learning, communication, and who knows what else.
     I thought I'd share with you that I'll be mentioning SignWriting during my presentation at the first ever Conference on Taiwan Sign Language Linguistics to be held at Chungcheng University in Minhsiung, Taiwan on March 1-2.  I've been asked to give an extended presentation on all research that preceded my own and do an overview of all of the work that has occurred in the past twenty years on TSL by myself and others.  Among the other presenters are: Scott Liddell of Gallaudet University, Susan Duncan of the University of Chicago, and Jean Ann of SUNY (?) Oswego, as well as Jim Tai of Chungcheng University and a number of researchers from Taiwan.  I have had little time to do much with SignWriting in TSL recently, but still strongly feel that it is the way to go.  I see it as a wonderful tool that can be used in the preparation of instructional materials for TSL, ASL, or any sign language.  Stefan has certainly proven that in Germany (Stefan: I love your SignWriting art work and animations!!).
     Just thought I'd drop a note to say "Hello!"
        - Wayne
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