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At the age of six months, she moved with her family to Corning, New York, the home of the Corning Glass Works, where her father became a physicist. She lived in Corning until the age of eight years, and then moved to Corona del Mar, a part of Newport Beach, California. She spent the rest of her childhood in Corona del Mar, and as an adult moved to the San Diego, California area, where she has since lived. Her current home is in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla.
- DanceWriting, which records dance choreography
- SignWriting, which records signed languages
- MimeWriting, which records classic mime and gesture
- SportsWriting, which records such activities as gymnastics, ice skating, skateboarding and karate
- ScienceWriting, which records physical therapy, body language, animal movements, and other forms of movement
DanceWriting was first developed in 1966, when Sutton was only 15, training as a professional ballet dancer. She invented a stick figure notation for her own personal use. Four years later she went to Copenhagen, Denmark to train with the Royal Danish Ballet. Over the next two years she applied her system to recording the historic ballet steps of the Royal Danish Ballet, which were in danger of being forgotten from lack of recording. The first DanceWriting textbook, Sutton Movement Shorthand, The Classical Ballet Key, Key One, was produced in December 1973. Within a year, it became outdated as Sutton improved her system. In the fall of 1974, by special invitation, she taught her system to the members of the RDB.
In 1974, articles about Sutton's DanceWriting system came to the attention of Lars van der Leith, a sign language researcher, and others who worked with him at the Audiologopædisk Forskningsgruppe of the University of Copenhagen, and they asked for a demonstration. As a result, van der Leith and his colleagues requested Sutton to develop a version of her movement notation adapted to the recording of sign languages. As a result, SignWriting was developed; it has been used for writing not only Danish Sign Language, but the private sign language of a deaf South Pacific islander (in 1975), and American Sign Language.
Sutton has continually worked to improve her notation systems and now leads the Center For Sutton Movement Writing, Inc. to spread her system.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Autobiography on Valerie Sutton org
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Center For Sutton Movement Writing, Inc.
- ↑ Wrights of Limm page on SignWriting
- ↑ tbd
- ↑ Use of SignWriting to make Nicaraguan Sign Language users literate
- ↑ http://www.linguistics.berkeley.edu/sei/USR.html#n097 University of California's list of scripts requiring Unicode representations]
- ↑ Mobility '06 Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Mobile technology, applications & systems
- ↑ Mihoko Kato (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan), A Study of Notation and Sign Writing Systems for the Deaf, in Intercultural Communication Studies XVII (2008)
- ↑ Harry van der Hulst and Rachel Channon, Notation Systems
- ↑ Almasoud, Ameera M., and Hend S. Al-Khalifa. "SemSignWriting: A Proposed Semantic System for Arabic Text-to-SignWriting Translation." Journal of Software Engineering and Applications 5.8 (2012).
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