question about dictionaries
chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Apr 8 19:04:13 UTC 2011
There are several schema out there.
Mine tends to follow the following pretty closely. This is the setup for the SW
Sign Puddle as I tend to order signs. One could order by each feature, but this
is usually the order that I take a sign in. I did a schema published in Brazil
which is on the SW site.
Handshape (10 groups, ordered by the current dictionary by fingers used)
Orientation (6 basic orientations)
Rotation (8 rotations within the above rotations)
Contact (with other hand, with head, with body) (four basic types of contact)
Finger Movement (this takes care of squeezes, trills, and holds)
Arm Movement (this is directions of the whole arm) (up and down, then in and
Speed (slow, fast, gradual, simultaneous)
Facial Expression (a bunch, but they have not been catalogued systematically)
Charles Butler, once working for SignNet Project, Catholic University of
From: Erika Hoffmann <erhoffma at OBERLIN.EDU>
To: SW-L at LISTSERV.VALENCIACC.EDU
Sent: Fri, April 8, 2011 1:51:26 PM
Subject: question about dictionaries
In the article I am revising I want to address briefly in a footnote the issue
of ordering of signs in SL dictionaries using SW. The reviewer of my article was
speculating that Stokoe might have chosen to arrange the elements of a sign in a
linear fashion to facilitate clear ordering of signs for the creation of
dictionaries. S/he wondered how this issue is handled for SW. I have a sense of
how the issue is approached, but I figured it was better to ask the list rather
than risk getting it wrong in print!
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
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