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Re: Ordering Signs in Dictionaries

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Adam Frost <[log in to unmask]>

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SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages

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Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:03:05 -0700

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I'm not sure I'd place directional verbs in a dictionary because it is almost impossible to get every possibility. I would probably just place the base verb and then something to signify that it can become a directional verb.

As I think of it more, however, I am reminded of affixes in spoken languages (like pre-, un-, or -tion, and -ed). It is rare that they have all the possibilities of combined words, but the most common are usually placed in the dictionary.

And thinking of ordering those words with affixes for spoken languages, they aren't always clumped together especially if the are suffixes (like -tion and -ed for English).

So I'm not sure what you are meaning by sorting by rotation wouldn't be effective, but I get the feeling that you are expecting that they all be clumped together in the same area of a dictionary. That may happen in some cases, but it will never work for every case because similarities between directional verbs are not always the same thing (ie the beginning of the sorting sequence).

But maybe I have read your meaning completely wrong, so can you give us an example of what you are talking about for LSQ?

Adam

> On Aug 13, 2014, at 7:47 PM, André L <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> Hello,
> sorting by the rotation of the hand may not be effective in LSQ because of directional signs.
>
> André Lemyre

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