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From:  Charles Butler
Date:  Thu May 21, 1998  5:19 am
Subject:  Re: SUGGESTION


James Womack wrote:
>
> On Tue, 19 May 1998 17:54:04 EDT RTenn80762 writes:
> >Gallaudet University Press has announced just such a dictionary,
> >"Handshape Dictionary", in its spring catalog.
>
> I have had one for about 6 months now direct from the authors cause
> apparently, I advised them in some capacity when they were in the
> process of making this book.
>
> If we're talking about the same thing, the authors live in California.
> If you desire, I will give further info as I don't have the book in my
> hand at this moment and don't feel like searching for it, but would
> do so later.
>
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It seems that the linguistic compilation of handshapes by groups and
Valerie's long-term research into handshape clusters (the 5-hand
including the flat hand, the claw, the flat hand with palm extended),
etc. should be dovetailed. The DAC certainly has a long linguistic
history if all the old Sign Writer newspapers were put on line and
examined for patterns. This might in fact make a wonderful linguistic
history project. With ASL and DSL to compare and a dictionary compiled
with the words as already used in the Sign Writer Newspaper, an archival
project that becomes a companion to the SW Dictionary should be put
together.

I am in the DC area, and if I can get a volunteer or two (or a dozen), I
would be happy to go through the archives myself. What a project, and
what a way to become another of the Sign Writing projects here.

How's about it Valerie?

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