Malawi site

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Wed May 13 16:00:33 UTC 2009

SignWriting List
May 13, 2009

On May 13, 2009, at 7:08 AM, Carol Nussbaumer wrote:
> Val – thanks so much for getting the Malawi area added to your  
> site.  I will not be doing much until after June 1 as we are leaving  
> for Elderhostel Friday morning --- then the National Park volunteer  
> madness begins along with a visit from an elderly aunt.  But in  
> June….!
> I love the Malawi flag, too.  It speaks of hope, which is so needed  
> in that country.
> Have a good day,
> Carol


Hi Carol, Kelly Jo and Stefan!

Thank you for this message today, Carol. We truly look forward to  
working with you in June. Enjoy your travels in May!

So write again, when you are ready to work writing Malawian signs...

Did you see the message below from Stefan? Thank you, Stefan for the  
beautiful card!

Stefan is a teacher of deaf children in Osnabruck, Germany. You can  
visit his web site, which has many photos of his deaf students  
learning and using SignWriting, and also information about Stefan's  
invention, Woehrmann's SpeechWriting:

Gebaerdenschrift Site (SignWriting Site):

and Stefan, thanks for your questions in your message below...Carol  
told me on the phone yesterday that the deaf children in Malawi came  
to their school with no "official" sign language, and the school  
started as an oral school, but now the teachers are open to the idea  
of using sign language, and the kids have started to communicate with  
each other in their own signs, and slowly it appears that a naturally  
evolved sign language is emerging...a little like the story in  
Nicaragua and other places, at least that is what I understand...Carol  
can explain this much better...anyway, I think it is exciting to write  
these signs for the first time ;-))

Val ;-)


On May 13, 2009, at 7:20 AM, Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:

> Hi Carol,
> welcome to the SW –list. You will find lots of my projects in the  
> past around SignWriting or GebaerdenSchrift as we call it in Germany.
> Let me ask a question: You write in your introduction:
> “We began in 1997 to develop a sign language for our students, who  
> use Chitumbuka as the language of choice (they also must learn  
> English, Chichewa and often a tribal language).”
> What is this ...“ we began to develop a sign language...”  Did you  
> invent  signs for the different terms ( numbers, colours, animals,  
> plants, abstract concepts ..did you present these signs to your deaf  
> students? Or did you introduce ASL  or ... ? How did you collect  
> your signs for your Sign Language so far?  What about Malawian  
> SignLanguage
> Great to hear from you. Later you will keep this day in your mind –  
> it was the day your options to teach deaf students and hearing  
> teacher became brilliant. Valerie Sutton invented a wonderful system  
> and lots of brilliant software experts created great programs that  
> allow us to feed the “SignPuddle” or SignWriter  dictionary.
> Do not hesitate to post your questions to the list. Onthe other and  
> it makes sense to browse through the SW-forum list archives or to  
> look at the many, many documents that are published on the website.
> Have a great day
> Stefan ;-)
> I created another greeting card – saying in ASL  “This is a  
> beautiful day” – Sure it is!

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