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Use of sign language materials in teaching

Mesch, Johanna ORCID button Mesch, Johanna | Wallin, Lars

Proceedings of the LREC2008 3rd Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Construction and Exploitation of Sign Language Corpora
Marrakech, Morocco
1 June 2008
European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
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Swedish Sign Language
ECHO corpus, STS-korpus


We are in the beginning phase of creating a Swedish Sign Language corpus. Some of the material is now used with students in two separate courses: Swedish Sign Language for beginners, and Swedish Sign Language linguistics (for deaf and hearing signers). In this workshop we will present some teaching methods and technical problems. Some examples are shown of how the students use the sign language corpus through the dictionary database, the corpus database and a learning platform for studying and analyzing sign language texts, like for example the small corpus in Bergman & Mesch 2004 and also some old and new recordings. Students can practice sentences, analyze the entries and annotate the texts or their own recordings. Bergman’s earlier transcription system for Swedish Sign Language (Bergman 1982) has been updated continuously, and partly adapted for possible use as a standard annotation system. Problems with storing sign language material are also discussed.
Bergman, Brita. & Mesch, Johanna. 2004. ECHO data set for Swedish Sign Language (SSL). Department of Linguistics, University of Stockholm.
Bergman, Brita. 1982. Teckenspråkstranskription. Forskning om teckenspråk X. Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för lingvistik.

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  author    = {Mesch, Johanna and Wallin, Lars},
  title     = {Use of sign language materials in teaching},
  pages     = {134--137},
  editor    = {Crasborn, Onno and Efthimiou, Eleni and Hanke, Thomas and Thoutenhoofd, Ernst D. and Zwitserlood, Inge},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the {LREC2008} 3rd Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Construction and Exploitation of Sign Language Corpora},
  maintitle = {6th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation ({LREC} 2008)},
  publisher = {{European Language Resources Association (ELRA)}},
  address   = {Marrakech, Morocco},
  day       = {1},
  month     = jun,
  year      = {2008},
  language  = {english},
  url       = {}
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