22 February 1951
Manhattan, New York City
Valerie Sutton (born February 22, 1951) is an American developer of movement notation and a former dancer.
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
Becoming a dancer
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 Within a year, it became outdated as Sutton improved her system.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.
Center for Sutton Movement Writing, Inc
Sutton has continually worked to improve her notation systems and now leads the Center For Sutton Movement Writing, Inc. to spread her system.
Valerie Sutton was part of the ASL Wikipedia presentation at the North American Wiki Conference in 2016. The presentation "Writing the American Sign Language Wikipedia on Incubator" involved 3 Deaf editors, Valerie Sutton, and Stephen E Slevinski Jr, along with 2 interpreters.
- Sutton, Valerie. "Valerie Sutton, Inventor Sutton Movement Writing & Shorthand". www.valeriesutton.org.
- Sutton, Valerie. "Sutton Movement Writing". movementwriting.org.
- "Wrights of Limm page on SignWriting".
- "Links & SignWriting".
- "University of California's list of scripts requiring Unicode representations". Archived from the original on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-05-17.
- Ahmed, Aisha Shamsuna; Seong, Daniel Su Kuen (7 June 2017). "SignWriting on Mobile Phones for the Deaf". ACM. doi:10.1145/1292331.1292363 – via ACM Digital Library.
- "Mihoko Kato (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan), A Study of Notation and Sign Writing Systems for the Deaf, in Intercultural Communication Studies XVII (2008)" (PDF).
- "Harry van der Hulst and Rachel Channon, Notation Systems" (PDF).
- 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).
- Sordelet, Rebecca (4 July 1975). "Dance 'Shorthand' Expanded To Aid Physical Handicaps (part 1 of 2)". Santa Ana Register. p. F1.
- Sordelet, Rebecca (4 July 1975). "Dance 'Shorthand' Expanded To Aid Physical Handicaps (part 2 of 2)". Santa Ana Register. p. F2.
- LaRiviere, Anne (9 June 1976). "Dancers Dig Doodles". Los Angeles Times. p. OC A1.
- Dierks, Donald (14 June 1977). "Novel Dance Step Notation System Advanced For Ballet". The San Diego Union. p. D-1.
- Otis, Elaine (1979). "Sutton Movement Shorthand Dance Writing". In Taplin, Diana Theodores. New Directions in Dance: Collected Writings from the Seventh Dance in Canada Conference Held at the University of Waterloo, Canada, June 1979. Pergamon Press. pp. 179–. ISBN 0-08-024773-3.
- Carr, Al (15 November 1980). "She Writes Sign Language". Los Angeles Times. p. OC A1.
- Osborne, Elaine (3 November 1981). "Newport Beach woman develops visual alphabet for hearing-impaired". The Orange County Register. p. B1.
- Sutton, Valerie (1981–1982). "Sutton Movement Writing & Shorthand". Dance Research Journal. 14 (1/2): 78–85. JSTOR 1477966.
- Brown, Doug (7 May 1983). "Newspaper for Deaf in Signs, Symbols of the Own Language". Los Angeles Times. p. SD C1.
- Curtis, Cathy (26 April 1987). "Reading the signs (part 1 of 2)". The Orange County Register. p. J01.
- Curtis, Cathy (26 April 1987). "Reading the signs (part 2 of 2)". The Orange County Register. p. J11.
- Pasles, Chris (10 May 1987). "Sticking to Her Figures". Los Angeles Times. p. K66.
- Guest, Ann Hutchinson (1990). "Dance Notation". Perspecta. 26: 203–214. JSTOR 1567163.
- Hasemyer, David (9 March 2003). "Symbols widen deaf children's understanding". The San Diego Union-Tribune. p. B-2.
- Waters, Sandie H.; Gibbons, Andrew S. (2004). "Design Languages, Notation Systems, and Instructional Technology: A Case Study". Educational Technology Research and Development. 52 (2): 57–68. JSTOR 30221196.
- Scott, Laurel (31 January 2005). "Five Questions: Valerie Sutton". The San Diego Union-Tribune. p. E-1.
- Silverman, Fran (March 2005). "ESL REDEUX: When Sign Language is First". District Administration. p. 85 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).
- Wilkins, John (6 November 2008). "He Had a Dream". The San Diego Union-Tribune. p. G-1.
- Hoffmann-Dilloway, Erika (2011). "Writing the smile: Language ideologies in, and through, sign language scripts". Language & Communication. 31: 345–355. doi:10.1016/j.langcom.2011.05.008.