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Phonetics of Negative Headshake in Russian Sign Language: A Small-Scale Corpus Study

Chizhikova, Anastasia | Kimmelman, Vadim


Volume:
Proceedings of the LREC2022 10th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Multilingual Sign Language Resources
Venue:
Marseille, France
Date:
25 June 2022
Pages:
29–36
Publisher:
European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
License:
CC BY-NC 4.0
sign-lang ID:
22011
ACL ID:
2022.signlang-1.5
ISBN:
979-10-95546-86-3

Abstract

We analyzed negative headshake found in the online corpus of Russian Sign Language. We found that negative headshake can co-occur with negative manual signs, although most of these signs are not accompanied by it. We applied OpenFace, a Computer Vision toolkit, to extract head rotation measurements from video recordings, and analyzed the headshake in terms of the number of peaks (turns), the amplitude of the turns, and their frequency. We find that such basic phonetic measurements of headshake can be extracted using a combination of manual annotation and Computer Vision, and can be further used in comparative research across constructions and sign languages.

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@inproceedings{chizhikova:22011:sign-lang:lrec,
  author    = {Chizhikova, Anastasia and Kimmelman, Vadim},
  title     = {Phonetics of Negative Headshake in {Russian} {Sign} {Language}: A Small-Scale Corpus Study},
  pages     = {29--36},
  editor    = {Efthimiou, Eleni and Fotinea, Stavroula-Evita and Hanke, Thomas and Hochgesang, Julie A. and Kristoffersen, Jette and Mesch, Johanna and Schulder, Marc},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the {LREC2022} 10th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Multilingual Sign Language Resources},
  maintitle = {13th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation ({LREC} 2022)},
  publisher = {{European Language Resources Association (ELRA)}},
  address   = {Marseille, France},
  day       = {25},
  month     = jun,
  year      = {2022},
  isbn      = {979-10-95546-86-3},
  language  = {english},
  url       = {https://www.sign-lang.uni-hamburg.de/lrec/pub/22011.pdf}
}
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