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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Feb 3, 1999  4:52 am
Subject:  Re: About Sign Dic...

>Concerning Sign Dictionaries -
>Perhaps I've just been unfortunate as I've never seen one which is NOT a
>bilingual (Signs to English/English to Signs, etc.). Perhaps a dictionary of
>Sign Language giving the definitions of the words in Sign Language would be
>Feel free to post to list.
>William J. "Chip" McGruder
>Monterey, California

Hi Chip - ASL dictionary, written in ASL with no spoken language could
definitely be done.

We worked for years on a dictionary with no spoken language in the entire
dictionary - it was a bilingual dictionary between American and Danish Sign
Language. Here is information on this work from our web site:

SignWriting Publications 1981-1989

SignWriting Bilingual Dictionary Project
The Danish Sign Language-American Sign Language, American Sign
Sign Language Dictionary
written in SignWriting. If this dictionary had been completed, it
would truly have been
historic. There was no spoken language in the dictionary. Everything
was written in
two languages, Danish Sign Language and American Sign Language,
including the
foreword and introduction.

The work was compiled by Karen Albertsen, Annegrethe Pedersen and
others at the
Deaf Center For Total Communication in Copenhagen, Denmark,
collaborating with
Valerie Sutton and her team in the USA. The work was halted when it
apparent that a typing program for SignWriting was greatly needed.
Writing the whole
dictionary by hand with ink pens and transfer sheets became too much

The SignWriter Computer Program could easily type the dictionary now,
and someday,
with funding, the DAC hopes to start the bilingual dictionary project

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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