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Old 02-27-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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ASL picture dictionary

Does anyone know a good online ASL picture dictionary?
I'm writing a paper about Deaf culture, and I want to mention ASL poetry. Right now I'm trying to explain that there is rhyme in ASL poems just as in spoken or written poems. There is an example that I would like to use in "Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction" by Clayton Valli and Ceil Lucas. They take two line from Vivienne Simmons' poem "White Rose" and discuss various kinds of rhyme that the poet uses. The two lines are


I would like to prove that you can use rhyme in ASL poetry by discussing this example, but I think people who will be reading my paper would understand everything better if I added some illustrations. I tried to find pictures of the signs used in the two lines above, but couldn't find any. It's easy to find a dictionary that uses videos, but obviously I can't put the videos on paper.
Maybe you think this is a bit stupid problem, but it's not that easy to get some materials on ASL when you live outside the US. I live in Poland and basically my only source of information about ASL is the Internet. That's why I thought maybe you know some online ASL dictionary which uses pictures that I could copy and use in my paper.
That was a bit long explanation... Sorry for that... I'll be very grateful for your help.
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Old 02-27-2010, 02:16 PM   #2
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You try to learn ASL.
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:56 PM   #3
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The three main sites I use are: Home
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Signing Savvy | ASL Sign Language Video Dictionary

They might be of some help.

Here's one I just found through Google:
American Sign Language Picture Dictionary
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:55 AM   #4
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Thanks a lot
I'll try them

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You try to learn ASL.
That's what I'm planning
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