Discussion of a PhD thesis on SW
Claudia S. Bianchini
chiadu14 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 8 23:14:54 UTC 2012
After my discussion I have 3 month to do the definitive version of the
thesis. I think that, afer that, I'll put some parts of my thesis on
my personal website (but I have to ask to university if I can or if
they have some copyright on it).
For the videotape, I don't know if they will film the discussion...
I'll ask and if they film it I'll tell you.
2012/9/8 MARIA GALEA <maria.azzopardi at um.edu.mt>:
> Well done Claudia!!! :)) I am very happy for you, the feeling of
> completion must be so wonderful..
> Would you have a pdf of your thesis available for the SignWriting website,
> so that we can access your work and build upon what you have done? I
> really look forward to reading your work and referencing you, as it seems
> to be directly relevant to what I'm working on..
> All the best
>> SignWriting List
>> September 8, 2012
>> Hello Claudia and Bill -
>> Many congratulations, Claudia, for completing your Phd Thesis on
>> SignWriting for Italian Sign Language (LIS). I only wish I could be there
>> in Paris to meet you in person and to listen to the discussion in detail�
>> Bill asks a great question - Will you be videotaping the proceedings and
>> will we have permission to view the proceedings and also to post/read your
>> I look forward to adding information about your work to our web sites:
>> SignWriting in Italy
>> SignWriting in Linguistics
>> �.and to learn more about how SignWriting is being used in Italy�and what
>> your plans are in the future�
>> Val ;-)
>> On Sep 8, 2012, at 7:34 AM, Claudia S. Bianchini wrote:
>>> Hello Valerie and all ,
>>> On 18th of september at 2pm there will be the discussion of my Phd
>>> Thesis on SW.
>>> It will take place in che Conference Room of Site Pouchet (the address
>>> is Rue Pouchet, n� 59 - Paris - France)
>>> If someone is in Paris, he is welcome, just tell me!
>>> The discussion will be in French and will be translated in French Sign
>>> The abstract is:
>>> METALINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF AN EMERGING WRITING SYSTEM FOR SIGN
>>> SIGNWRITING AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION TO THE ITALIAN SIGN LANGUAGE (LIS).
>>> Sign Languages (SL) do not have a written form and most of the systems
>>> intended to
>>> represent them have shown many failures. This study is focused on
>>> SignWriting (SW), which seems
>>> to be the best system, among the existing ones, to represent the forms
>>> of SL.
>>> The aim of this work is to understand how, despite the apparent
>>> complexity of the system, SW
>>> appears to be so easy to use by trained deaf users; moreover, this
>>> work wants to show SW capacities
>>> as a tool to encourage metalinguistic observations on LIS.
>>> At first the system itself is analyzed as well as the frequent
>>> problems that emerge when expert
>>> in SL and SW deaf users use it. This approach outlines most of these
>>> difficulties, allowing to
>>> understand (and sometimes resolve) them, which in turn favors the
>>> development of the system.
>>> Users� observations cover not only the system itself but also its
>>> adequacy for the writing and
>>> transcription of SL, highlighting its potential as a means to raise
>>> metalinguistic thinking. The final
>>> part of the analysis is dedicated to the proposals for some
>>> improvement of SW, on the basis of the
>>> data gathered and the analysis carried out. These improvements aim at
>>> teaching the system to deaf
>>> adults and informatization of SW.
>>> In conclusion, SW seems to be a promising system, effective to
>>> represent the forms of SL,
>>> despite some problems and the need for improvements; the deaf
>>> community will have to decide
>>> whether to adopt it as a writing system, take it as a starting point
>>> aiming in that direction, or use it
>>> just to transmit the shape of the signs.
>>> Key-words: Italian Sign Language; Writing, Transcription, Deafness;
>>> Linguistic analysis
>>> WOW, I can't realise my thesis will be over by the 18th of this month
>>> Claudia S. Bianchini
>>> PhD Student @ Univ. Paris8 + CNRS-UMR7023-SFL
>>> PhD Student @ Univ. Studi di Perugia + CNR-ISTC-SLDS
>>> chiadu14 at tiscali.it
>> Val ;-)
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Claudia S. Bianchini
PhD Student @ Univ. Paris8 + CNRS-UMR7023-SFL
PhD Student @ Univ. Studi di Perugia + CNR-ISTC-SLDS
chiadu14 at tiscali.it
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