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Automatic Alignment of HamNoSys Subunits for Continuous Sign Language Recognition

Koller, Oscar | Ney, Hermann | Bowden, Richard

Proceedings of the LREC2016 7th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Corpus Mining
Portorož, Slovenia
28 May 2016
European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
CC BY-NC 4.0
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German Sign Language, Swiss-German Sign Language, Danish Sign Language
RWTH-PHOENIX-Weather 2014
DSGS Lexicon, DTS Dictionary
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This work presents our recent advances in the field of automatic processing of sign language corpora targeting continuous sign language recognition. We demonstrate how generic annotations at the articulator level, such as HamNoSys, can be exploited to learn subunit classifiers. Specifically, we explore cross-language-subunits of the hand orientation modality, which are trained on isolated signs of publicly available lexicon data sets for Swiss German and Danish sign language and are applied to continuous sign language recognition of the challenging RWTH-PHOENIX-Weather corpus featuring German sign language. We observe a significant reduction in word error rate using this method.

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  author    = {Koller, Oscar and Ney, Hermann and Bowden, Richard},
  title     = {Automatic Alignment of {HamNoSys} Subunits for Continuous Sign Language Recognition},
  pages     = {121--128},
  editor    = {Efthimiou, Eleni and Fotinea, Stavroula-Evita and Hanke, Thomas and Hochgesang, Julie A. and Kristoffersen, Jette and Mesch, Johanna},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the {LREC2016} 7th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Corpus Mining},
  maintitle = {10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation ({LREC} 2016)},
  publisher = {{European Language Resources Association (ELRA)}},
  address   = {Portoro{\v z}, Slovenia},
  day       = {28},
  month     = may,
  year      = {2016},
  language  = {english},
  url       = {}
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