Despite the fact that a conference should be fun, many are weighed down by the words that make people look smart. But maybe I'm the only one who thinks this way. After all, "Transmutational cognition in verbal attributes among pre-verbal speakers" was equally well attended.
I wanted a crowd and was happy when the room filled. That's because the more the merrier with momosign. I love to see grown adults with advanced degrees practically leap out of their chairs when drilled with gestures. We did finger spelling for ABC and there was a triumphant swell when we reached Z.
I also noticed two participants, perhaps more used to discussing transmutational cognition who looked alarmed. If they had more compatriots, they could have protested. "Why are we doing this?" But they were surrounded by enthusiastic adults shouting out A B C.
We took pictures and packed up. One participant said, "Thank you for waking us up."