|SignWriting List Forum|
Bill Reese |
Date: Thu Jul 6, 2000 3:42 am
Subject: Re: Lucky - Dictionary
Excellent "put up or shut up" message.
I'll shut up now,
Charles Butler wrote:
> To Bill and all else on the list,
> I would strongly suggest if we REALLY want to see an all-inclusive sign
> dictionary in signwriting that would allow us not only to obtain a command
> of that language but also the understanding and study of it, the same way
> spoken language
> dictionaries do it now....
> .... then we better start looking at fundraising and publicity to make it
> happen. Valerie Sutton will not be the only person creating such a
> dictionary. She has too much on her plate already.
> To create the Webster's Dictionary, for example, takes hundreds of people
> thousands of cataloguing hours going through already published works to get
> usages and variants. To do the same for ASL (only one of hundreds of sign
> languages) will be an equivalent TALL order.
> Are we willing to be a part of the creation of that process, becoming a Sign
> Language researcher and transcriber, and putting down what you see so that
> it can be in that "all inclusive dictionary"?
> Are we willing to devote thousands of hours on computer and one-on-one with
> native Deaf signers?
> Are we willing to get through the barage of mistrust over the use of signed
> languages AS language by Hearies?
> Are we willing to record variants and regionalisms linguistically in context
> for the very project you desire?
> Are we willing to do all of this for free or next to nothing funds?
> If not, are we willing to devote time to write for grants in aid, service
> projects, fundraisers and the like?
> Are we willing to be frustrated by fourteen people questioning which
> direction the rotation arrow should go?
> Are we willing to see the same sign discussed fifteen ways from
> Sunday..."but I DON'T DO IT THAT WAY?" endlessly?
> If each of us can do all of this, then our names must be collectively
> Valerie Sutton, as she's been doing it for 25 years.
> If we can do any part of this, she will be eternally grateful for our
> Charles Butler