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Towards an Annotation of Syntactic Structure in the Swedish Sign Language Corpus
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language. (FoSprak)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7549-4648
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Computational Linguistics.ORCID iD: 000-0003-4040-3544
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0612-6304
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.
2016 (English)In: Workshop Proceedings: 7th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Corpus Mining / [ed] Eleni Efthimiou, Stavroula-Evita Fotinea, Thomas Hanke, Julie Hochgesang, Jette Kristoffersen, Johanna Mesch, Paris: ELRA , 2016, 19-24 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper describes on-going work on extending the annotation of the Swedish Sign Language Corpus (SSLC) with a level of syntactic structure. The basic annotation of SSLC in ELAN consists of six tiers: four for sign glosses (two tiers for each signer; one for each of a signer’s hands), and two for written Swedish translations (one for each signer). In an additional step by Östling et al. (2015), all ¨ glosses of the corpus have been further annotated for parts of speech. Building on the previous steps, we are now developing annotation of clause structure for the corpus, based on meaning and form. We define a clause as a unit in which a predicate asserts something about one or more elements (the arguments). The predicate can be a (possibly serial) verbal or nominal. In addition to predicates and their arguments, criteria for delineating clauses include non-manual features such as body posture, head movement and eye gaze. The goal of this work is to arrive at two additional annotation tier types in the SSLC: one in which the sign language texts are segmented into clauses, and the other in which the individual signs are annotated for their argument types.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: ELRA , 2016. 19-24 p.
Keyword [en]
clause segmentation, annotation, syntactic structure, Swedish Sign Language, corpus
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130298OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-130298DiVA: diva2:928395
Conference
Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC) Portorož, Slovenia, May 23-28, 2016
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 821-2013-2003
Available from: 2016-05-15 Created: 2016-05-15 Last updated: 2016-12-06Bibliographically approved

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