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Use of nonmanuals in adult L2 signers in Swedish Sign Language – Annotating the nonmanuals

Schönström, Krister | Mesch, Johanna ORCID button Mesch, Johanna

Proceedings of the LREC2014 6th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Beyond the Manual Channel
Reykjavik, Iceland
31 May 2014
European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
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Nonmanuals serve as important grammatical markers for different syntactic constructions, e.g. marking clause types. To account for the acquisition of syntax by L2 SSL learners, therefore, we need to have the ability to annotate and analyze nonmanual signals. Despite their significance, however, these signals have yet to be the topic of research in the area of SSL as an L2. In this paper, we will provide suggestions for annotating the nonmanuals in L2 SSL learners. Data is based on a new SSL as L2 corpus from our ongoing project entitled “L2 Corpus in Swedish Sign Language.” In this paper, the combination of our work in grammatical analysis and in the creation of annotating standards for L2 nonmanuals, as well as preliminary results from the project, will be presented.

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  author    = {Sch{\"o}nstr{\"o}m, Krister and Mesch, Johanna},
  title     = {Use of nonmanuals in adult {L2} signers in {Swedish} {Sign} {Language} -- Annotating the nonmanuals},
  pages     = {153--156},
  editor    = {Crasborn, Onno and Efthimiou, Eleni and Fotinea, Stavroula-Evita and Hanke, Thomas and Kristoffersen, Jette and Mesch, Johanna},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the {LREC2014} 6th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Beyond the Manual Channel},
  maintitle = {9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation ({LREC} 2014)},
  publisher = {{European Language Resources Association (ELRA)}},
  address   = {Reykjavik, Iceland},
  day       = {31},
  month     = may,
  year      = {2014},
  language  = {english},
  url       = {}
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