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Valerie Sutton Sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Sep 26 15:14:40 UTC 2003

SignWriting List
September 26, 2003

Dear SW List, and Nitsu -
Thanks for all your messages! Ingvild will be here until this 
afternoon, when I take her to the airport. We have had a fruitful 
visit. We have used SignWriter DOS in DOSBox on XP, SignWriter Java, 
SignBank For Everyday Use, and I showed Ingvild the new SW-Edit program 
from Brazil, designed by Antonio Carlos da Rocha Costa and others in 
Pelotas...All programs are working on Ingvild's little laptop, and 
hopefully, when she returns to Norway, it all will work for her on her 
computer there too....smile!!!

Nitsu Pikkupyora wrote:
> What material do you have there, Valerie? I meen that kind of real 
> published (non-ASL) stuff...? Or if not published, anyway markable 
> enough... Please can you give me any estimation?

There are hundreds of SignWriting publications around the world. Here 
is a short list from the 1970's...I can make a listing for you later on 

        "I am looking for an OLD reference to SignWriting, something  
perhaps that was authored in the 1970's? I don't have anything specific 
in mind, but I do want to be able to point people to something 
published on paper at the beginning of the invention." 

        Here is a listing of some SignWriting publications from 

Fall, 1975
        "Examples of Notation of a South Pacific Sign Language"
        ISBN: 0-914336-32-0
        This booklet recorded mime-like gestures and home signs of a     
   lone Deaf man, based on research by Rolf Kuschel. It included       
pictures with SignWriting illustrations.

Fall, 1976
        "Examples of Notation of Danish Deaf Sign Language"
        ISBN: 0-914336-03-7
        This booklet showed Sutton's first attempts at recording Danish  
      Sign Language in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

Summer, 1977
        "Sutton Movement Shorthand; Writing Tool For Research."
        First paper on SignWriting presented in the USA by Valerie 
Sutton,       in Chicago, Illinois at the National Symposium on Sign 
Language       Research & Teaching. Published in: Stokoe, William C. 
(ed):       "Proceedings of the First National Symposium on Sign 
Language       Research and Teaching." Chicago,Ill (1977) - pp. 267-296

Spring, 1978
        "Hørende Danskeres Gestus-Repertoire (Hearing Danes'       
Gesture-Repertoire)" by Jan Enggaard. This published research       
used SignWriting to record hearing person's gestures, with 
contributions       by Valerie Sutton. The research was conducted at 
the Audiologopædisk       Forskningsgruppe, University of Copenhagen, 

July, 1978
        "SignWriting, Sutton Movement Shorthand, The Sign Language       
Key, Key 5"
        Textbook: ISBN: 0-914336-06-1; Audio & Videotapes: ISBN:       
        First SignWriting textbook, with 8-hours of video and audio 
instruction.       It is an historic record of how the system was 
written in the       1970's. No longer in print.

Fall, 1979
        "NTID Technical Signs Manuals"
        SignWriting symbols are used in a series of Technical Signs 
Manuals,       produced at NTID in Rochester, New York, under the 
direction       of Dr. Frank Caccamise. In 1979, Valerie Sutton was a 
full-time       consultant to the project for six months, and is the 
author of       the second manual, which teaches the SignWriting 
symbols. Over       10 manuals have since been published. The movement 
symbols of       SignWriting are blended with life-like illustrations, 
showing       technical signs used in different professions.

Fall, 1979
        "Sutton Speech Writing"
        This booklet described and illustrated Sutton's attempts at 
writing       the detailed movements of the mouth, jaw and tongue while 
speaking.       It was written while Sutton was a consultant at NTID. 
Audiologists       and speech pathologists at NTID stimulated the 
project. Sutton       analyzed detailed videos of speech production, 
and developed       a system for notating the mouth and tongue 
movements. Indirectly       this was an influence on SignWriting, since 
some movements of       the mouth are recorded when writing signed 

October 26, 1980
        "A Way To Analyze American Sign Language & Any Other Sign 
Language Without Translation Into Any Spoken Language"
        Paper by Valerie Sutton presented at the National Symposium on 
Sign Language Research and Teaching in Boston, Massachusetts.

If you go to this web page:
Univeristy of Hamburg Library..Sutton  Listing:

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