This method works for LIBRAS only if the vocabulary is in the dictionary in either English or Portuguese.  The ASL dictionary is very full and makes it easy.  The LIBRAS dictionary does not have a lot of basic verbs and nouns (I'm slowly remedying that) but we always need help in adding words and phrases into the dictionary.  As an inflected language, all verbs have different endings in Portuguese, so one would have faltar (to lack), but not faltou (I am lacking), faltas (you singular are lacking), faltam (they are lacking), etc., so one has to find a compromise between writing Portuguese and creating an appropriate gloss.  Oi (hello) and eu (I) are in the dictionary and alegre (happy or contente) are there, but trying to make a sentence like, "why are you not happy" "porque voce nao tem alegre" is a challenge.


From: Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sat, January 15, 2011 1:35:17 PM
Subject: Send SignMail in LIBRAS

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January 15, 2011

Eda, do you know how to send a SignMail in Brazilian Sign Language (LIBRAS) to the List?

1. Go to....

Brazilian SignPuddle Dictionary

2. Click on the Translate Button (Traduzir)

3. write your gloss and then click on the Update Button...

4. then click on the SignMail button to send your email...

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
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