According to the compiler, this concept list was first compiled and employed in 1978 for a comparative study of the LESCO and ASL sign languages. Since almost all sign languages denote body parts iconically, by pointing to them, the classical lists by Morris Swadesh, such as his list of 100 items (1955), or his list of 200 items turned out to be insufficient for comparative studies of sign languages. This list was published in many different references. We quote here the earliest version we could find (Woodward 1978 doesn't contain a full list). Later versions differ slightly in their label for item 19, which is alternatively labeled as either "fat" (Woodward 1993) or "grease" (Woodward 2009).
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