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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sun Jan 31, 1999  11:44 pm
Subject:  Re: About Sign Dic...

Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 18:37:22 EST
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Subject: Re: About Sign Dic...


I hope you find this information of value.

When learning Japanese, including the Chinese characters used, I
discovered a
wonderfully easy to use and coherent dictionary written by an American, Jack
Halpern. This dictionary used a new system of organizing the characters,
which are basically pictures. Mr. Halpern's term is "Simplified Kanji Inexing
by Patter" or SKIP. The ISBN is 4-7674-9040-5.

Basically, all the characters are divided into one of four pattern
types and
from there into two other subdivisions. Out of over 3500 characters listed in
this dictionary, one can find an unfamiliar character in less than 30 seconds;
much quicker than finding a word in an English/English dictionary. It doesn't
matter if the person using the dictionary can read, or even speak, Japanese.
The idea is the Symbol is ordered by the Pattern.

I mention this to you because, after seeing that incredibly outstanding
effort's screenshot of the SignDic recently posted, I think maybe ordering the
Signs by patterns might be reasonable.

As a first suggestion, perhaps dividing the Signs into

1) Static/Fluid
2) Either Hand/Left Hand/Right Hand/Both Hands
3) Other Body Parts
4) Speed of Sign
5) I can't think of any others but I'm sure the rest of y'all can.

Feel free to post this and send to the List.

William J. "Chip" McGruder
Monterey, California

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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