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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sun Jan 31, 1999  11:28 pm
Subject:  About Sign Dic...

January 31, 1999

For those of you who do not have web access, here is the English text from
the web posting, absent the wonderful screen diagrams, of course:

Sign Dic
Designed and Programmed by:
Daniela Remião de Macedo

About Sign Dic
The Sign Dic Computer Program is under development. It will be a
computational tool with multimedia features that allows the generation of
bilingual dictionaries between a signed and spoken language. The
development of this tool was motivated by the inexistence of such
dictionaries and by the scarcity of appropriate educational software for
deaf people.

The main goal of Sign Dic is to offer to deaf users a computational tool to
make it easier to teach and to learn sign language and spoken language
writing. It will also stimulate users to learn sign language.

In the dictionaries generated with Sign Dic, the signs can be sequentially
organized in two different ways: in accordance with their gestual features,
through the description of their internal structures, or in accordance with
the alphabetical ordinance of their respective meanings in a spoken
language. Thus, the searching of signs in the dictionaries can be made
through the spoken language or the sign language. The SignWriting system
that offers a graphical notation for signs is used to represent the signs
in the dictionaries.

Besides spreading the use of sign language and stimulating hearing people
to learn it, the Sign Dic program has the aim to facilitate the learning of
words in spoken languages for deaf people, thus allowing a better
integration of deaf people into society.

About Daniela Remião de Macedo
Daniela received her Computer Science from the Pontificia
Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande Do Sul, Faculdade de Informática
(PUCRS), in Porto Alegre, Brazil

In 1995, Daniela moved to San Diego, California, studying at the University
of California at San Diego (UCSD). When Daniela returned to Brazil, after
living for some time in San Diego, she worked as a Software Designer in a
company for two years in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

In 1997 Daniela started to study in the M.Sc. program in Computer Science
at PUCRS. Her advisor was Dr. Antônio Carlos da Rocha Costa, who showed
Daniela the SignWriting system for the first time, and since then Daniela
has learned a little about Sign Language. Sign Dic is Daniela's
contribution to Deaf people and to those who are interested in Deaf

For more information about Sign Dic, write to:

Daniela Remião de Macedo

Valerie ':-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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