Grosjean's Right of the deaf child to grow up bilingual

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Mar 31 14:55:29 UTC 2008

SignWriting List
March 31, 2008

Hello Penny and SignWriting List members...

THANK YOU for sharing this wonderful document with us, on the right of  
every deaf child to grow up using two languages...a signed language  
and a spoken language. The Conclusion on page 3 sums it up perfectly...

The document can be downloaded in multiple spoken languages, following  
the link below...but I have attached the English version to this email  
message...I hope everyone will read it.

And I hope that as time goes by, more and more educators will include  
written signed language as a part of the bilingual scenario...In the  
past, a bilingual deaf child only had written spoken language at their  
disposal...but now written signed language can also be a part of  
bilingual education...

Thanks again, Penny, and thanks also to Dr. François Grosjean for this  
important work...

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
Sutton at


On Mar 31, 2008, at 2:41 AM, Penny Boyes Braem wrote:

> Hello all,
> I thought some of you might interested to know that
> Dr. François Grosjean, one of the world's experts on bilingualism  
> and biculturalism,  has put up on his website
> 30 language versions of his very good short text on
> "The right of the deaf child to grow up
> bilingual" (in PDF format):
> Many of these translations were obtained
> in collaboration with the Signs of Literacy (SOL) project
> at Gallaudet University.
> He would like to get the information out to as many associations
> and people as possible.
> With best regards,
> Penny
> __________________________________________________________________
> These are the versions that are now available:
> English
> Arabic
> Burmese
> Chinese
> Croatian
> Dutch
> Filipino (Tagalog)
> Finnish
> French
> German
> Greek
> Hebrew
> Hindi
> Hungarian
> Italian
> Japanese
> Korean
> Lithuanian
> Polish
> Portuguese
> Russian
> Serbian
> Slovak
> Spanish
> Swahili
> Tamil
> Thai
> Ukrainian
> Urdu
> Vietnamese
> Dr. Penny Boyes Braem
> Forschungszentrum für Gebärdensprache /
> Center for Sign Language Research
> Lerchenstrasse 56
> CH-4059 Basel
> pbraem at

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
Sutton at

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