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Dicta-Sign – Building a Multilingual Sign Language Corpus

Matthes, Silke | Hanke, Thomas ORCID button Hanke, Thomas | Regen, Anja | Storz, Jakob | Worseck, Satu | Efthimiou, Eleni ORCID button Efthimiou, Eleni | Dimou, Athanasia-Lida ORCID button Dimou, Athanasia-Lida | Braffort, Annelies ORCID button Braffort, Annelies | Glauert, John | Safar, Eva

Proceedings of the LREC2012 5th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Interactions between Corpus and Lexicon
Istanbul, Turkey
27 May 2012
European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
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British Sign Language, German Sign Language, Greek Sign Language, French Sign Language


This paper presents the multilingual corpus of four European sign languages compiled in the framework of the Dicta-Sign project. Dicta-Sign researched ways to enable communication between Deaf individuals through the development of human-computer interfaces (HCI) for Deaf users, by means of sign language. Sign language resources were compiled to inform progress in the other research areas within the project, especially video recognition of signs, sign-to-sign translation, linguistic modelling, and sign generation. The aim for the corpus data collection was to achieve as high a level of naturalness as possible with semi-spontaneous utterances under lab conditions. At the same time the elicited data were supposed to be semantically close enough to be comparable both across individual informants and for all four sign languages. The sign language data were annotated using iLex and are now made available via a web portal that allows for different access options to the data.

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  author    = {Matthes, Silke and Hanke, Thomas and Regen, Anja and Storz, Jakob and Worseck, Satu and Efthimiou, Eleni and Dimou, Athanasia-Lida and Braffort, Annelies and Glauert, John and Safar, Eva},
  title     = {{Dicta-Sign} -- Building a Multilingual Sign Language Corpus},
  pages     = {117--122},
  editor    = {Crasborn, Onno and Efthimiou, Eleni and Fotinea, Stavroula-Evita and Hanke, Thomas and Kristoffersen, Jette and Mesch, Johanna},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the {LREC2012} 5th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Interactions between Corpus and Lexicon},
  maintitle = {8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation ({LREC} 2012)},
  publisher = {{European Language Resources Association (ELRA)}},
  address   = {Istanbul, Turkey},
  day       = {27},
  month     = may,
  year      = {2012},
  language  = {english},
  url       = {}
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