Sign Language Corpora Survey

The aim of this survey is to give up-to-date substantial information on ongoing and finished sign language corpus projects. The survey is presented in a poster-sized chart. Besides general information on research objectives, project manager, and contact (e-mail), specifications on corpus data are listed in three main columns:

    • raw data: amount of footage, format (digitized or not), accessibility


    • metadata: kind of data (e.g. spontaneous or elicited, monologues or dialogues, text genres), number and age of informants, sign language proficiency


  • primary data: further subdivided in transcribed, lemmatized, and annotated data; time-alignment and software (annotation tools)

Further information on the listed corpus projects like publications, online resources and website are given under the heading “Resources and references”. References are short citations, the full reference can be found in the pdf-file.


We would like to invite you to contribute to this survey.

If your corpus project is already listed, please inform us if the information given is inaccurate or not up-to-date.
If your project is missing, please fill out the questionnaire (see below) and send it to us.

This survey originates from the doctoral thesis of Reiner Konrad: Die lexikalische Struktur der DGS im Spiegel empirischer Fachgebärdenlexikographie. Zur Integration der Ikonizität in ein korpusbasiertes Lexikonmodell. [The Lexical Structure of German Sign Language (DGS) in the Light of Empirical LSP Lexicography. On how to Integrate Iconicity in a Corpus-Based Lexicon Model]. University of Hamburg; published without this survey in 2011, Tübingen: Narr Verlag.


Dr. Reiner Konrad

Institute for German Sign Language and Communication of the Deaf

Gorch-Fock-Wall 7

20354 Hamburg