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Sign Language HPSG

Safar, Eva | Glauert, John

Proceedings of the LREC2010 4th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Corpora and Sign Language Technologies
Valletta, Malta
22 and 23 May 2010
European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
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Dicta-Sign, ViSiCAST
British Sign Language, German Sign Language, Greek Sign Language, French Sign Language


We present an overview of some relevant aspects of sign language synthesis in the ViSiCAST project, which might serve as a possible basis for the Dicta-Sign project. Dicta-Sign is a 3-year EU-funded project, that undertakes parallel corpus collection in different Sign Languages (SLs) and fundamental research and development of sign recognition and generation techniques in order to open up new potential applications for sign language users. One of the aims in Dicta-Sign is to find a model that is suitable for both recognition and generation. In this paper we revisit the main aspects of the synthesis techniques implemented in ALE Prolog using a sign language specific HPSG with the view for future changes needed. We briefly describe the HPSG feature structure and the rules and principles of the grammar, which cover important SL phenomena like mode, prodrop, plurals, classifiers and signing space.

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  author    = {Safar, Eva and Glauert, John},
  title     = {Sign Language {HPSG}},
  pages     = {204--207},
  editor    = {Dreuw, Philippe and Efthimiou, Eleni and Hanke, Thomas and Johnston, Trevor and Mart{\'i}nez Ruiz, Gregorio and Schembri, Adam},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the {LREC2010} 4th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Corpora and Sign Language Technologies},
  maintitle = {7th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation ({LREC} 2010)},
  publisher = {{European Language Resources Association (ELRA)}},
  address   = {Valletta, Malta},
  day       = {22--23},
  month     = may,
  year      = {2010},
  language  = {english},
  url       = {}
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