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Professor Ingvild Roald in front of poster presentation

Sign Processing Workshop
Lisbon, May 30, 2004


MAKING DICTIONARIES OF TECHNICAL SIGNS:
FROM PAPER AND GLUE THROUGH SW-DOS TO SIGNBANK

by dr. philos.Ingvild Roald

Abstract
Teaching mathematics and physics in upper secondary school for the deaf since 1975, this author has felt the need to collect signs for the various concepts. In the beginning illustration of signs were pasted into a booklet. Then SignWriting appeared, and signs were hand-written and later typed into the booklet. With the 3.1 version of SignWriter, the dictionary program appeared, and several thematic dictionaries were made. With the new SignBank program, there are new opportunities, and I can fill in what I before just had to code. Last year a Fulbright research fellow and myself were collecting signs for mathematics, and these are transferred into a SignBank file. From that file various ways of sorting and analysing is possible. Here these various stages are presented, with a focus especially on the SignBank and the opportunities and limitations that are present in this program.

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