The one that came to mind first was the area of the country
where the sign is used.
How about whether or not the verb is directional. I think this
piece of information could be important anyone piece of information.
I am also thinking marking the verb's transitivity (whether the
action is applied to another object) but would be interested on
other list member's point on view on this.
What to the rest of you think of links to other entries for
synonyms and antonyms?
For Maria's number 4 below I think having a list of links to
other related entries would be useful.
I was also wondering, when I sign has several meanings, are going
to put all definitions under the same entry or an entry with each
with the SignWriting repeated?
Will you be creating one database for all the puddles? Or one per
Also when you finish this discussion, I would like to look over your
proposed database schema, so I can give my 2 cents worth, if you are
open to that.
On 7/2/2013 2:47 AM, maria galea wrote:
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I wish I could spend more time thinking about
this, but can't just now.
What comes to mind as I read your email - is the
1) rather than 'dated', maybe use the term 'archaic'
. I'm not sure whether 'slang' and 'informal' could
be part of the same group..
2) also i would add a place where you can enter
something about the variety of the language, where you
can add information about the different regional/age
dialects, and where the sign is used (e.g. court
language, education etc).
3)perhaps a field where you can enter something about
the etymology of the sign (where the sign originates
from, if this is known).
4) Not sure whether this would go in a dictionary,
but if you could have some additional area where you can
input something further about the sign would be good,
e..g you have inputted the frozen verb 'GIVE', if you
could show (by adding photos/signwriting) how this is
modified by means of pronominal affixing e.g.
5) Oh and one last thing..maybe having some space for
an illustration - although not all dictionary entries
would have that, still for concrete objects might be
If you could somehow than create a nice document immediately
from the Dictionary Puddle (where all entries and photos
will be listed) for printing purposes, would be great.
And last thing - when you search for a sign could you avoid
making it sensitive to capital/small letters...so that
regardless of how it was written (whether in caps or small
letters or a mix) the sign would come up.