American Sign Language Encyclopedia Project

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Thu Feb 4 21:07:35 UTC 2010

SignWriting List
February 4, 2010

Dear SW List Members:

I want to inform you about a new project that our non-profit  
organization, the Center for Sutton Movement Writing, will be focusing  
on, in this new decade. It is:

American Sign Language Encyclopedia Project
Providing American Sign Language (ASL) users with a full encyclopedia,  
written in ASL by ASL authors, written in SignWriting. It will provide  
the encyclopedia articles required for the first posting of the ASL  
Wikipedia, and will also be printed in book form, and donated to  
classrooms with deaf students.

As you know, I write grants requesting funding for a variety of  
projects, including:

SignWriting Literature Project
Writing World Literature in the Sign Languages of the World

and the

SignWriting Literacy Project
Donating SignWriting Books to Deaf Classrooms

So the ASL Encyclopedia Project is really a part of both of those  

This is of course an ongoing project, since there can always be new  
encyclopedia articles added to any encyclopedia. Once the ASL  
Wikipedia is posted with the articles we have already written, from  
there, newcomers will start writing articles and posting them in the  
Wikipedia, so the encyclopedia will grow faster at that point...

Until that day, we will start one article at a time...posting the  
articles in SignPuddle Online, and possibly in other places too...not  
sure yet,,,

Charles Butler has already written some articles in our ASL SignPuddle  
encyclopedia file, so that is a start...Thank you, Charles!

ASL SignPuddle Encyclopedia

If there is anyone who would enjoy writing articles for the ASL  
Encyclopedia Project, and doesn't mind donating their time at this  
time, then contact me and I can help you get started...

And if there is anyone who knows of funding avenues for the American  
Sign Language Encyclopedia Project, please tell me!

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
Sutton at

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Tel: 858-456-0098  Skype: valeriesutton

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