Establishment of a corpus of Hong Kong Sign Language acquisition data: From ELAN to CLAN

Autor/a: FUNG, Cat; LAM, Scholastica; MAK, Joe; TANG, Gladys
Año: 2008
Editorial: Marrakech, 2008
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Sistemas de transcripción de las Lenguas de Signos


This paper introduces the Hong Kong Sign Language Child Language Corpus currently developed by the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. When completed, the corpus will include both longitudinal and cross-sectional data of deaf children acquiring Hong Kong Sign Language. Our research team has decided to establish a meaning-based transcription system compatible with both the ELAN and CLAN programs in order to facilitate future linguistic analysis. The ELAN program, which allows multiple-tier data entries and synchronization of video data with glosses, is an ideal tool for transcribing and viewing sign language data. The CLAN program, on the other hand, has a wide range of well-developed functions such as auto-tagging and the ‘kwal’ function for data search and they are extremely useful for conducting quantitative analyses. With add-on programs developed by our research team and additional functions in CLAN developed by the CHILDES research team, the transcribed data are transferable from the ELAN format to CLAN format, thus allowing researchers to optimize the use of both programs in conducting different types of linguistic analysis on the acquisition data.

Poster presented at the sixth edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference: Third workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Construction and Exploitation of Sign Language Corpora.