Date: Wed Mar 20, 2002 5:32
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: SignBank 3: What kind of search-routines do you want?
Just off the top of my head, it might be nice to do a search of all signs
with a reasonable variant of the handshape. Maybe based on the group
number. For example, any sign which has these handshapes (or a close
variant of it) and these other movement or face parameters? That way you
can catch signs which might be simplifications of more detailed signs or
more detailed signs that are variants of your simplified sign.
It might also take into consideration leaving off possible ending or opening
positions. I don't know if that is realistic. That is just a brainstorm
off the top of my head.
I guess I'm looking at phonemic vs. phonetic searching
Another possibility is to do what we might call dictionary vs. "inflected"
forms. For example, if I put in the sign "TO GO", could it find "I GO", "HE
GOES", "THEY GO". Or repetitive motion signs or noun variants of verb
signs. This starts to get out of the phonetic aspects and gets into
morphology of signs, but maybe there is a way to add a "morphology" module
to the signbank so that this kind of research would be possible?
Does that make sense?
Des Moines, IA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Valerie Sutton"
Sent: Wednesday, 20 March 2002 10:53
Subject: SignBank 3: What kind of search-routines do you want?
> SignWriting List
> March 20, 2002
> Here is my question to all List members:
> Right now, in SignBank 3, when you create a list of symbols you want
> to search with...SignBank finds ALL signs that have at least ONE of
> those search symbols in it...This is nice for creating vocabulary
> lists for the classroom, etc...
> Are there OTHER kinds of searches you would like? For example, would
> you want to find only those signs that include TWO search symbols?
> That would be the equivalent, in English, of "searching for all words
> that have CH or TH in them"...
> Are there other kinds of searches needed for your work? It would be
> good for me to know in advance...I am so happy Todd is able to
> program all this! Val ;-)