Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Jun 15 13:36:44 UTC 2012

SignWriting List
June 15, 2012

Hello Honza -
It is not Cherie who is doing the project. Cherie informed our SignWriting List about Dr. Penny Boyes Braem's project in Switzerland. Thank you, Cherie, for informing us.

The person you need to contact, is:

Dr. Penny Boyes Braem
boyesbraem at FZGRESEARCH.ORG

Penny's message is below about the project, which was posted to the SLLING List.

I do not know if Penny is on the SignWriting List any longer - If you are here, Penny, tell us more about the project - Sounds very interesting!

So Honza, you may have to write to Penny privately… and it is amazing work you are doing in the Czech Republic - thank you as well for telling us of your project -

Val ;-)


On Jun 15, 2012, at 12:37 AM, Honza wrote:

> Hello Cherie,
> yes on this I work few years with my colegues.
> On this topic cooperate my Masaryk University in Brno and University
> of West Bohemia in Plzeň (both Czech Republic).
> We are trying to make script that will be capable to convert
> SignWriting to HamNoSys and also HamNoSys to SignWriting.
> We have already done conversion of handshapes. We only convert
> hanshapes of Czech Sign Language.
> We are already using this conversion in searching signs in our dictionary.
> Definitly I believe we can cooperate in further development, we have
> still several issues to solve.
> Honza Fikejs,
> Czech Republic
> On 15 June 2012 04:01, Cherie Wren <cwterp at> wrote:
>> ----- Forwarded Message -----
>> From: Penny Boyes Braem <boyesbraem at FZGRESEARCH.ORG>
>> Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:08 PM
>> Subject: SignWriting->HamNoSys
>> I and my colleague from the Institute for Computer Linguistics at the
>> University of Zurich, Sarah Ebling, are planning a project to develop a
>> script for the automatic conversion of SignWriting notations into HamNoSys
>> notations for Swiss German Sign Language. We, like perhaps some of you, have
>> over the years done notations in both systems and use both systems for
>> different purposes.  We would like to be able to convert some signs only
>> notated in one system to notations in the other system. We will be starting
>> with a SW->HNS conversion script.
>> To test this script, it would greatly help us to have examples of signs from
>> other sign languages notated in both SW and HNS. Would any of you be
>> interested in cooperating with us on this project and would have some
>> dual-notated signs from your sign language that you could contribute to the
>> project for script-testing purposes?  You would, of course, have access to
>> any conversion scripts that would develop from this project.
>> Thanks and greetings from us both,
>> Penny  (Penny Boyes Braem, Center for Sign Language Research, Basel)
>> and Sarah (Sarah Ebling, Institute for Computer Linguistics, University of
>> Zürich)
>> Dr. Penny Boyes Braem
>> Forschungszentrum für Gebärdensprache (FZG) Basel
>> Center for Sign Language Research, Basel

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