Segmenting the Swedish Sign Language corpus: On the possibilities of using visual cues as a basis for syntactic segmentation
2014 (English)In: Workshop Proceedings: 6th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Beyond the Manual Channel / [ed] Onno Crasborn, Eleni Efthimiou, Evita Fotinea, Thomas Hanke, Julie Hochgesang, Jette Kristoffersen, Johanna Mesch, Paris: ELRA , 2014, 7-10 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper deals with the possibility of conducting syntactic segmentation of the Swedish Sign Language Corpus (SSLC) on the basisof the visual cues from both manual and nonmanual signals. The SSLC currently features segmentation on the lexical level only, whichis why the need for a linguistically valid segmentation on e.g. the clausal level would be very useful for corpus-based studies on thegrammatical structure of Swedish Sign Language (SSL). An experiment was carried out letting seven Deaf signers of SSL each segmenttwo short texts (one narrative and one dialogue) using ELAN, based on the visual cues they perceived as boundaries. This was latercompared to the linguistic analysis done by a language expert (also a Deaf signer of SSL), who segmented the same texts into whatwas considered syntactic clausal units. Furthermore, these segmentation procedures were compared to the segmentation done for theSwedish translations also found in the SSLC. The results show that though the visual and syntactic segmentations overlap in manycases, especially when a number of cues coincide, the visual segmentation is not consistent enough to be used as a means of segmentingsyntactic units in the SSLC.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: ELRA , 2014. 7-10 p.
Swedish sign language, corpus linguistics, segmentation, nonmanuals
General Language Studies and Linguistics Specific Languages
Research subject Sign Language; Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106303OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-106303DiVA: diva2:736037
Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC) Reykjavik, Iceland, 31 May 2014