5th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages:

Interactions between Corpus and Lexicon

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Abstracts are invited for a full-day workshop on the interplay between sign language corpora and lexicons, to take place following the 2012 LREC conference, on Sunday, May 27th, 2012.

Recent technological developments allow sign language researchers to create relatively large video corpora of sign language use that were unimaginable ten years ago. Several national projects are currently underway, and more are planned. This workshop aims to share experiences from current and past efforts. What are the problems that were encountered and the solutions created, what are the linguistic decisions taken? The special focus of this workshop is the relation of corpus and lexicon work. For some sign languages, a corpus was built after a dictionary had been compiled, while in other cases lexicographic work and corpus annotation are done hand in hand. In yet other ongoing projects, a corpus is collected without a dictionary being available, and the creation of a lexicon is only planned once the corpus is fully annotated. What are the implications of the different approaches, and what tool support is necessary for the different situations and phases?

We invite abstracts for 20-minute oral/signed presentations or posters (with or without demonstrations) on the following topics:

  • Experiences in building sign language corpora and lexical resources
  • Proposals for standards for linguistic annotation
  • Experiences from linguistic research using corpora in combination with lexical resources
  • Use of (parallel) corpora and lexicons in translation studies
  • Tool development
  • Lexicon construction from corpora
  • Linking corpora and lexicons
  • Integrated presentation of corpus and dictionary contents

Papers of both oral/signed presentations and posters (4-8 pages) of this workshop will be published as workshop proceedings that are included in the conference package.

Please submit your abstract (max. 1000 words) through the LREC START system at https://www.softconf.com/lrec2012/SignLanguage2012/ not later than Feb 6th, 2012 Feb 11th, 2012.

When submitting a paper on the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research. For further information on this new initiative, please refer to http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2012/?LRE-Map-2012.