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From:  Charles Butler
Date:  Sat May 6, 2000  4:33 am
Subject:  Re: SW in Databases

Is the full ASL dictionary as you have compiled it in the past ten years
available on line for browsing? How could one get a print out of it? Having
it as a published volume in both English-ASL order and ASL-English order
would be extremely helpful to show people the facility of Sign Writing who
remain unconvinced.

Since the change over to Sign Writing being organized into the 1-10 motif,
has there been a concerted effort to come up with an agreed on order to the
handshapes? That is, does a closed fist come before an open one, does a
crooked finger come before or after a straight finger, example, is the order
"S", "O", "1", "X", "2", "quote" or some other order? ... and where do the
contact symbols come into the order. If one were to have the signs in a
Lotus 1-2-3 file, for example, and hit "sort" on a column, how would the
signs, as signs, be ordered? Since the coding on a keyboard is entirely for
convenient of the typer, the underlying computer code would not be a good
indication of "sign-symbol-sequence", but must be structured from outside.
Has this been done--recently?

With all the research that is being done and the thousands of pages of
signwriting, the dictionary would surpass in size most of the ASL
dictionaries now available.

Charles Butler

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3339 Re: SW in Databases Valerie Sutton Sat  5/6/2000

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