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10th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages:

Multilingual Sign Language Resources


Submissions are invited for a full day workshop on sign language resources, to take place following the 2022 LREC conference on June 25, 2022.

Recent technological developments allow sign language researchers to create relatively large video corpora of sign language use that were unimaginable thirty years ago. Several national projects are currently underway, and more are planned. This workshop aims to share experiences from current and past efforts. What are the problems that were encountered and the solutions created, what are the linguistic decisions taken?

We invite submissions of papers to be presented on stage (20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion), as posters (with or without demonstrations) or as remote presentations on the following topics:

2022 Hot Topics

  • Multilingualism
    • Connecting sign language corpora and lexical resources across languages
    • Building multi-sign-language resources from the ground up
    • Capturing neologisms in and across sign languages: The Covid-19 pandemic has brought many new concepts into the lexis of all languages, including sign languages. To what extent are these neologisms shared across sign languages, and how can language resources document the genesis of these new signs?
  • Sign Language Resources for All
    • How do we make our data interesting for people outside research (or at least outside our own discipline)?

General Issues on Sign Language Corpora and Tools

  • Experiences in building sign language corpora
  • Elicitation methodology appropriate for corpus collection
  • Proposals for standards for linguistic annotation or for metadata descriptions
  • Experiences from linguistic research using corpora
  • Use of (parallel) corpora and lexicons in translation studies
  • Language documentation and long-term accessibility for sign language data
  • Annotation and Visualization Tools
  • Linking corpora and lexicons and integrated presentation of corpus and dictionary contents
  • “Internet as a Corpus” for sign languages
  • Sign language corpus mining
  • Crowd and community sourcing for corpus work
  • Connecting sign language resources to language resources for spoken languages
  • FAIR, CARE and OpenScience for sign language data

If you intend to submit a paper related to avatar technology, machine translation and related, please note that at LREC 2022 there will be another workshop on sign language research, focussing on exactly these topics: SLTAT7, taking place on the afternoon before this workshop.

In the tradition of LREC, oral/signed presentations and poster presentations (with or without demonstrations) have equal status, and authors are encouraged to suggest the presentation format best suited to communicate their ideas. Papers (4, 6 or 8 pages) of all accepted submissions to this workshop will be published as workshop proceedings published on the conference website – independent of whether you have a poster or an oral/signed presentation.

Please submit your paper through the LREC START system not later than April 10, 2022 April 18, 2022, indicating whether you prefer an oral/signed, a poster presentation, a poster presentation with demo or a remote presentation.

Details on the exact format of remote presentations will be communicated shortly.

ATTENTION Please note that you are expected to submit the full paper, not an extended abstract as in previous years!

Identify, Describe and Share your LRs!

Describing your LRs in the LRE Map is now a normal practice in the submission procedure of LREC (introduced in 2010 and adopted by other conferences). To continue the efforts initiated at LREC 2014 about “Sharing LRs” (data, tools, web-services, etc.), authors will have the possibility, when submitting a paper, to upload LRs in a special LREC repository. This effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for their description, may become a new “regular” feature for conferences in our field, thus contributing to creating a common repository where everyone can deposit and share data.

As scientific work requires accurate citations of referenced work so as to allow the community to understand the whole context and also replicate the experiments conducted by other researchers, LREC 2022 endorses the need to uniquely Identify LRs through the use of the International Standard Language Resource Number (ISLRN,, a Persistent Unique Identifier to be assigned to each Language Resource. The assignment of ISLRNs to LRs cited in LREC papers will be offered at submission time.