AW: [sw-l] SignWriting Report: Erika Hoffman, Anthropological Linguist

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Sat Mar 13 16:13:21 UTC 2010

Hello Valerie, Erika and sw-friends, 

I enjoyed reading your SignWriting Report " A Visit with Dr. Erika
Hoffman-Dilloway, Anthropological Linguist"

Wow - congrats to both of you! 

I am very interested to listen to the audio recording and watch the
videotape of the interview. Just let me know if there is any chance to
download or to get a copy via postal mail on DVD? 

And thanks for the attached pictures. Since SignWriting scribes are visual
oriented people it is so much fun to add pictures to the ideas... 

I guess you will use this report as a new "Special Feature March, 2010"  ??

Again thanks for sharing and all the best

Stefan ;-)

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Von: sw-l-bounces at
[mailto:sw-l-bounces at] Im Auftrag von Valerie Sutton
Gesendet: Samstag, 13. März 2010 06:34
An: SignWriting List
Cc: Erika Hoffman
Betreff: Re: [sw-l] SignWriting Report: Erika Hoffman, Anthropological

SignWriting List
March 12, 2010

SignWriting Report
>>From Val's Desk

A Visit with Dr. Erika Hoffman-Dilloway, Anthropological Linguist

Part 4: Learning PersonalPuddle Software

In Erika's lab at Oberlin College in Ohio, students are introduced to
SignWriting for their research. The lab now has PersonalPuddle software for
writing SignWriting transcripts and dictionaries, plus several textbooks and
other reference materials.

During our last day together, we spent the day learning the PersonalPuddle
software, which makes it possible to use SignPuddle without an internet
connection....Then, if you want to connect to the internet and copy to and
from SignPuddle Online, you can. This was really a valuable day, because
learning the software is a great Erika can teach others how to
use the PersonalPuddle.

While Erika learned the PersonalPuddle, we reviewed her transcripts on
Nepali Sign Language. Erika has videos of Deaf native Nepali signers, and
also videos of herself signing too. We started to transcribe one of those
videos together, using the PersonalPuddle...The video was of a Deaf teacher
of Deaf students in Nepal. The Deaf teacher was standing in front of her
classroom, signing to them.  We became quite engrossed in writing the
details of the signs which were quite different than any signs I had seen
before and I really enjoyed writing the signs with Erika, step by
the PersonalPuddle.

The day before, Erika had a day away from SignWriting. Erika visited two
research labs in San Diego. One of them was LLCN, the Laboratory for
Language and Cognitive Neuroscience at SDSU, directed by Dr. Karen Emmorey.

Erika discussed her research with Karen, and with different staff members
and guests at LLCN, including Lucinda O'Grady Batch, who is the SignWriting
teacher on the Lessons in SignWriting Video Series. Lucinda (Cindy) is one
of the Deaf signwriters who requested writing in the Expressive and writing
in vertical columns, long ago...Without Cindy's input we would not be
writing today as we are, so her work has contributed to SignWriting history.
And Erika is interested in writing about SignWriting history...

So we all agreed to stay in touch and support each other's work whenever we

I will now create a Nepali SignPuddle Online, and will write again when it
is posted...

Thank you, Erika, for coming to visit me. I really enjoyed our time together
and look forward to learning more about your work -

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
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