On 10/12/11 11:48 AM, Valerie Sutton wrote:
Can we say now, that the "Search by Symbols" feature in
SignPuddle 1.6, allows us to:
1. search for all the signs that use a specific SignWriting
symbol in SignMaker entries (dictionary entries) and SignText
entries (literature entries)
2. search for combinations of symbols
3. search for symbols combined with location
4. search for exact SignSpellings
Yes, yes, yes, and yes.
If this is all true, then we can finally say that searches
can be conducted on SignWriting literature documents, which is
what linguists have been asking for, for years -
Yes, we can say that real search is possible with SignWriting
In 2004, there was a paper presented at Lisbon by Antonio Carlos da
Rocha Costa, Gracaliz Pereira Dimuro, and Juliano Baldez de
Freitas. The paper was titled "A SIGN MATCHING TECHNIQUE TO SUPPORT
SEARCHES IN SIGN LANGUAGE TEXTS".
Although, not an implementation of their design, the advanced search
now available in SignPuddle addresses the same issues.
Guylhem Aznar discussed this same issue. He called the slight
symbol positioning differences between signs "Intra-personal
variation". He correctly states that:
Such near-imperceptible variations in the fine
positioning are due to the human manual positioning of the
symbols. It is nearly impossible for two SW signs, even while
using the same set of symbols, to share the exact position for
every symbol on the sign canvas : the relative position of the
symbols to the center of the sign changes.
He suggested that these variations should be prevented. I've gone
the opposite way and embraced the existence of slight variations.
The signs in SignPuddle Online demonstrate the variability of the
SignWriting script. The advanced searching of SignPuddle show that
these variations are not a problem.
I would like to announce this to the Sign Language Linguist
LIst (SLLING) because there are several linguists who have
requested this feature before...
Yes, please do. I am very proud of the new search, both in terms of
flexibility and speed.
But I also understand that the "Search by Symbol Frequency"
feature does not search on literature in SignText yet - it is
only the "Search by Symbols" feature that can do that so far, is
So far, symbol frequency does not include sign texts. The option
will be available soon.