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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed May 27, 1998  9:33 pm
Subject:  Re: SUGGESTION

On Wed, 20 May 1998, Harry Blackmore wrote:

>Interestingly enough, Dr Trevor Johnston's Australian Sign Language
>the AUSLAN Dictionary, is arranged in "hand-shape" order enabling anyone
>seeing an unfamiliar sign to look it up under its hand-shape. There is a
>English index in the back of the dictionary permitting the reader to look
>up the
>English word and then find its corresponding sign in the main part of the
>This dictionary has been available for ten years now, and it is into its
>edition this year, under the title "Signs of Australia". A CD-ROM version has
>also been produced. The dictionary has some 5000 basic signs.
>Harry Blackmore
>Dr Harry Blackmore

Thank you, Harry, for mentioning this. And I bet there are other
dictionaries that look up by symbols as it would be a great
project to gather all of these books together to study the different orders
they devised...Were their theories similar, or did they differ greatly?

When I started working with our 13th signed language - Portuguese Sign
Language - I got real frustrated - because there are handshapes that I did
not believe were physically possible. So categorizing all of these into one
international "Sign-Symbol-Sequence" is a task. Generally the system I have
devised seems to be working, but we need to test it on lots of people from
lots of countries. The Sequence will improve as more people type
SignWriting, because our Sequence is not only tied to dictionaries, but to
the keyboard as well.

Many thanks for the information -

Valerie Sutton :-)

Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
(619)456-0098 voice
(619)456-0010 tty
(619)456-0020 fax

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