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From:  Leonardo Mahler
Date:  Thu May 28, 1998  12:51 pm
Subject:  Re: SUGGESTION

Valerie Sutton wrote:

> On Tue, 19 May 1998, Richard Tennant wrote:
> >Most dictionaries used in teaching a foreign language, on the other hand, are
> >"two way". One can search for a foreign word and find the English meaning or
> >search for an English word and find the foreign translations. Shouldn't we
> >have the same for ASL and English? In the dictionaries mentioned above there
> >is no way one can look up a sign and find its English meanings! What is
> >needed to accomplish the desired "two way" dictionary is a logical method of
> >ordering of the signs that is easy to learn and meaningful to apply.
> >Alphabetical order is not the answer to this need. A morphological or
> >handshape order is called for that incorperates number, placement, movement
> >and expression.

Perfect! Itīs exatly this what we are looking for...!!!:) We have any ideas...

> >Before constructing this new dictionary I would hope that you will be able to
> >study the order used in this "Handshape Dictionary" and consider its
> >usefulness in what you are compiling. I will send you a copy as soon as I
> >my hands on one.
> >

Yes, we need to study this order to do a good two-way dictionary...

> >With much affection and appreciation,
> >
> >Richard
> ____________________________________________
> Hello Richard!
> I understand, from what you say above, that the authors of this new book
> have their own theory on the "looking up process"...of course I am very
> interested in what they have to say.
> And thank you for offering to send me a copy...I would LOVE it!

Itīs possible we have a copy too? I think this wil be very useful for us in our
chat project!!!:) :)

Thanks, Leonardo Mahler.

> All the best -
> Valerie Sutton :-)
> Sutton at the DAC
> Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
> Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
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> (619)456-0020 fax

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