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From:  Stuart Thiessen
Date:  Wed Mar 20, 2002  7:27 pm
Subject:  Re: "Morphology Module"

Sort of ... I guess maybe my idea is more "convoluted" than the other search
routines. For example, in ASL, the sign GO, is 2 index hands moving in the
direction of the action. Now, there are "inflections" that change that
sign, such as repetitive movements which give the idea of going frequently,
or once in a while, or regularly, or (with appropriate facial expressions)
going tiredly or whatever. My idea for the "morphology module" concept is
if there are standard movements or facial expressions which tend to modify
signs to produce a standard change in meaning, maybe those could be
catalogued in the morphology module and then when I put in the symbols for
go, the morphology module could also look for signs that employ these
"modifications" to give me alternative meanings or related signs. Like "to
attend" is usually the sign for "to go repeatedly". That kind of thing.

Maybe it's something for SignBank 2004 <grin>


Stuart Thiessen
Des Moines, IA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Valerie Sutton"
Sent: Wednesday, 20 March 2002 11:52
Subject: Re: SignBank 3: What kind of search-routines do you want?

> SignWriting List
> March 20, 2002
> Stuart Thiessen wrote:
> >Another possibility is to do what we might call dictionary vs.
> >forms. For example, if I put in the sign "TO GO", could it find "I GO",
> >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"
> >to the signbank so that this kind of research would be possible?
> Thanks for this input, Stuart! Wow....a "morphology module"...that
> sounds sophisticated!
> Regarding what can be done right now in SignBank....In SignBank 1,
> Searching by Words, you can type in a search-word, like "GO", and if
> there are 30 signs that are variations of "GO" in the dictionary,
> SignBank 1 finds them all and lists them with words. Then you click
> on the word-variation you want, and you get that sign... Take a look
> at this example, with the sign for "HELP" listed all the HELP
> variations. Is this what you mean for the "morphology" module?...

  Replies Author Date
6575 Re: "Morphology Module" Valerie Sutton Wed  3/20/2002
6584 Re: "Morphology Module" Ronald Dettloff Thu  3/21/2002
6588 SignWriting Journal Valerie Sutton Thu  3/21/2002

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