Elicitation methods in the DGS (German Sign Language) Corpus Project

Autor/a: NISHIO, Rie; HONG, Sung Eun; KÖNIG, Susanne; KONRAD, Reiner; LANGER, Gabriele; HANKE, Thomas; RATHMANN, Christian
Año: 2010
Editorial: Malta, 2010
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Sistemas de transcripción de las Lenguas de Signos, Lingüística » Corpus signados


During the first three years of the DGS Corpus project the main focus  is on data collection. Before  setting up the  corpus design we conducted  a  survey  to  get  an  overview  on  the  existing  elicitation  materials.  The  design  of  our  data  collection  contains  a  variety  of different  stimuli  and  tasks  with  the  special  attention to  free  conversation,  dialogues  and monologues. To  this  effect,  a  range  of possible discourse modes were considered: narration and renarration, discussion, report and description. The stimuli include pictures,
picture stories, non-verbal film clips (e.g. cartoons and realistic film clips) and signed movies. In order to minimize the influence of the  surrounding  spoken/written  language,  written  German  is  not  used  if  possible.  Introduction  and  explanation  of  each  task  is provided in DGS in form of movie clips. All tasks were tested in a pilot phase to examine their feasibility and reliability. Some of the tasks  tested needed  to go through several  rounds of modifications  while others did not work at  all and  thus were excluded from the data collection. In this paper, we not only present the tasks for elicitation and stimuli, but also describe their development process. We  also discuss  reasons why  some  stimuli were  adopted  from other projects while others had to be developed specifically for the purpose of our project.

En: Dreuw, P. et al (coord.), 4th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Corpora and Sign Language Technologies. Proceedings (2010), pp. 178-185.