10 Basic Dictionary Headers for Everyday ...

Sandy Fleming sandy at FLEIMIN.DEMON.CO.UK
Wed Jan 28 07:32:57 UTC 2004

Adam & List,

THe "Black Book" (which is what we signers in the UK call out big BSL
dictionary) is in fact organised by handshape and then by other elements of
the sign.

There is also a large index in the back which is organised by English words,
which then lists the sign number(s) to look up in the main part of the
dictionary. Thus you can look up the sign in the main part of the dictionary
without knowing what it means in English, or you can look up an English word
in the index to find out what the sign is.


PS - sorry for not producing any results in building a BSL SignWriting
dictionary - work and BSL courses have been in the way for some months now.
I WILL do this when things quieten down - unless someone else does it first

> -----Original Message-----
> From: SignWriting List [mailto:SW-L at ADMIN.HUMBERC.ON.CA]On Behalf Of
> Adam Frost
> Sent: 28 January 2004 00:23
> Subject: 10 Basic Dictionary Headers for Everyday ...
> Val,
> A while back you had posted an email that explained about how a dictionary
> was organized. I think that it is a good idea to have an order, or an
> "alphabet." I have seen other ASL dictionaries that would do this. Most of
> them use the ABC's. Personally, I don't see how either methods will work.
> There are a lot of handshapes that will be missed. I have been
> thinking that
> if something like this were to be done, why not have an "ASL
> alphabet" that
> uses all of the basic handshapes the way ASL uses them and not following a
> spoken language?
> I may have a sample of what I am thinking of soon, but what do you all
> think?
> |    |
>   ! !  /
> Adam
> P.S. I am also working on finding a way to send sgn documents via email so
> that I can use ASL to explain myself like you suggested. It was a
> GOOD Idea!
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