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From:  "Angus B. Grieve-Smith"
Date:  Tue Feb 2, 1999  9:57 pm
Subject:  Re: word lists

Sorry to be late writing back, Joe. One of my fellow students
here at UNM did a pilot frequency count from some tapes he had at hand.
The most frequent sign was the one for "residential school."

-Angus B. Grieve-Smith
Linguistics Department
The University of New Mexico

On Thu, 21 Jan 1999, Joe Martin wrote:

> This happened;
> The Sign language club at our school wanted to print up something to give
> new visitors; someone suggested the manual alphabet; that idea was soundly
> defeated, and in the process the idea came up that if you are willing to
> learn 26 letters, why not learn 26 ASL signs--you could communicate pretty
> well with those.
> So now, the question is, which 26 signs? It occurs to me that somebody
> must have compiled a frequency list (even if only mentally) of what signs
> are needed most in Signing...........and of course I have the devious idea
> that I could just write them out in Signwriting........
> Anybody have any ideas about which signs to include??

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981 Irish Sign Language :-) Valerie Sutton Tue  2/2/1999

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