Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) summer course 2006

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Feb 27 17:16:49 UTC 2006

SignWriting List
February 27, 2006

> Kathleen Heylen in Belgium wrote:
> I was wondering if y'all could help me out. I'm looking for  
> summercourses where I can learn the linguistics of Sign Language....


> Tim Grove answered...
> might like to check out the courses that SIL run in  
> conjunction with the University of North Dakota. You can find more  
> details at: 
> courses.htm#SignedLanguages.


Hello Kathleen and Tim!
Tim is right. The Summer Institute of Linguistics (the SIL) presents  
a summer course on linguistics in North Dakota, and they present  
SignWriting there, along with many other things! Two teachers there  
are Steve and Dianne Parkhurst, who are the authors of the fantastic  
textbook on SignWriting in Madrid, Spain, called SignoEscritura. Lots  
of people use their textbook around the world, to learn SignWriting.  
The Parkhursts also wrote a complete novel in SignWriting in Spanish  
Sign Language - a bound book with no spoken language in it! An  
historic first to have a mystery novel completely written in  

Others who will be teaching or attending are Stuart Thiessen from  
Iowa, who is working on a degree in which SignWriting will be an  
active part, and also a teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Marty  
Carlson, who uses SignWriting with her Deaf students in Albuquerque,  
attended the SIL summer course last summer...

They have used SignPuddle in these courses in the past, to write some  
Mexican signs from Mexican Sign can see their signs in  
the Mexican SignPuddle...

So it is a perfect course for you, Kathleen, because it combines  
using SignWriting with many other things...I know they give an  
overview of other linguistic-notation systems too, although they are  
not designed for the same reason as SignWriting as you you  
will learn a lot I am sure, plus get to know others who use  
SignWriting around the world...

Here are the people to contact about the SIL Summer Course...

Al Bickford
albert_bickford at SIL.ORG

Steve and Dianne Parkhurst
steve-dianne_parkhurst at

Stuart Thiessen
thiessenstuart at

If you want to hop on by California on your way home from North  
Dakota, that would be great to meet you in person - smile!!

Hope you can go to North Dakota to study with SIL...they are sooo  

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
Sutton at

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