Public DGS Corpus
Welcome to the Public DGS Corpus!
On this website we publish more than 50 hours of German Sign Language video material taken from the DGS Corpus. You can watch DGS videos covering not only a variety of topics but also presenting signers from various regions and different age groups. These videos have been selected from approximately 560 hours of conversations and narrations held in DGS with an emphasis on topics culturally relevant to the Deaf community (more than 47 hours).
There are two portals available to you: Meine DGS and a research portal.
Meine DGS is made for the signing community (such as Deaf people, interpreters, educators and teachers, parents and other people with an interest in German Sign Language). It offers DGS video material that comes with German translations (subtitles) which can be switched on and off as required. There also is an additional collection of sign language jokes (about 2.5 hours in total) available to you.
The research portal addresses researchers working in the field of sign language linguistics and people who are interested in and focused on German Sign Language, the signing community and Deaf culture from a scientific perspective. In addition to the videos available on Meine DGS, the portal offers further video material that shows the diversity of tasks employed in the elicitation of data (e.g. story re-telling and narrations, conversations on the topic of traffic signs, arranging of appointments, descriptions of operational sequences and course of action, giving directions; more than 100 min in total).
All videos, with the exception of the jokes, are annotated and can be opened and browsed as online transcripts. The annotation includes translations, glosses and mouthings. Furthermore, videos and annotation files – including translations – can be downloaded. With the exception of annotated mouthings (only available in German), this website as well as all written texts are available in German and English.
Access is free of charge and no further registration is necessary.