productive/receptive writing question

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway erhoffma at OBERLIN.EDU
Mon Aug 12 19:39:14 UTC 2013

Hi everyone! I'm going to be giving a paper at our annual anthropology
meetings this fall on a panel about how to best represent visual aspects of
linguistic phenomena.
I want to talk about the shift from receptive to productive writing in SW.
I'm going to suggest that there are interesting theoretical and
methodological lessons in this shift for scholars who want to transcribe
visual aspects of communication, even if they aren't using SW per se
(though I also want to make more scholars in my field aware of how useful
SW can be for this purpose).
To that end, I was wondering if list members might be willing to talk with
me about their feelings about productive writing with SW. Did you initially
write receptively? If so, how did you shift? (or do you still write
receptively sometimes?). How do you feel that writing productively affects
the way you choose to write (or how you read other people's writing)?
I'd love to hear answers to these questions and anything else you think is
relevant about this aspect of SW, particularly as it relates to your own
ways of using the writing system (for teaching, for research, for
translation, for poetry, etc).
The conference isn't until November, but I wanted to get started on it now,
before the semester kicks in!

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College
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