Dordt College News

Ministry to the deaf to be discussed Nov. 3

October 30, 2008

Sign language and deaf culture will be the topic of Wycliffe Bible Translators linguistic consultants Albert and Anita Bickford on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Dordt’s Classroom Building lecture hall CL160. Anyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend this opening session of Hug-A-Linguist Days, held annually at Dordt College.

Albert and Anita Bickford have been members of Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1978 and are stationed in Mexico. Albert is in charge of publishing dictionaries and grammars for languages Wycliffe translators are working in, and Anita maintains an archive of the books that have been produced over 70 years of work.

The Bickfords teach every summer in the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of North Dakota (, where Albert is the director of the program. Anita teaches phonetics, while Albert concentrates on grammar, field methods and sign language. He also helps coordinate and promote Wycliffe work with sign languages around the world, so that deaf people as well as hearing people can have the Word of God in their own language.

The Bickfords will speak at eight additional sessions for Dordt students November 4 and 5, discussing mission work and language translation efforts to reach the world with the Gospel.

They are as follow:

Tuesday, Nov. 4, at  Eckardt Lounge
9:30 a.m.: When missionary work is sin
11:40 a.m.: Words a mile long
2 p.m.: Write what’s never been written before
3 p.m.: Don’t become a missionary unless…
9-11 p.m.: Informal chat at the Grille

Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Eckardt Lounge
8 a.m.: Strange sounds in your mouth
10 a.m.: Learn a language on your own
1 p.m.: A monolingual demonstration


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