The Auslan Corpus collects 100 Auslan signers from Australia. The project is led by Trevor Johnston; the recordings were made between 2004 and 2007, annotation work is still ongoing.
Each session took three hours and contained an interview, retelling stories, recalling personal events, responding to a questionnaire, engaging in spontaneous conversation, and responding in Auslan to various stimuli. The participants were recorded in pairs, sitting in front of a blue background. Data collection was co-ordinated and organised with the local deaf community. A deaf native signers and long-term resident of the city of collection led through the recording sessions.
Two digital video cameras were used for recording. The data has been split up into 1700 video clips ranging between 2 and 20 minutes.
300 hours recorded
3 terabyte of data
Native and near-native signers
4 age groups: <30, 31–50, 51–70, >70
5 sites: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth (20 signer in each site)
7 dialects: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Northern, Perth, Southern, Sydney
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See Johnston (2019)
Further information at https://auslan.org.au/about/annotations/
357 movies annotated in various levels of detail
463 files require registration
385 files require confirmed registration
Annotation restricted to Aesop's fables
Project page: https://auslan.org.au/about/corpus/
Johnston and Schembri (2006)
Johnston, Trevor. 2008. Auslan Corpus. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/2196/00-0000-0000-0000-D7CF-8. Accessed on [insert date here].
Common tasks used in this corpus
Articles mentioned above
- Trevor Johnston (2019). "Auslan Corpus Annotation Guidelines". Annotation Convention. 105 pp.
- Trevor Johnston, Adam Schembri (2006). "Issues in the creation of a digital archive of a signed language". In: Sustainable Data from Digital Fieldwork: "From creation to archive and back" (Sydney, Australia). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press, pp. 7-16. ISBN: 978-1-920898-50-2.
This entry was last modified on 6 January 2023.