iLex: a tool for Sign Language Lexicography and Corpus Analysis

Autor/a: HANKE, Thomas
Año: 2002
Editorial: Hamburgo: Universidad de Hamburgo, 2002
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


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


Sign languages are the preferred communications medium for most Deaf people around the world. Sign language uses a number of visually distinctively recognisable articulators (hands, facial expression, mouth, body) in parallel and fully exploits spatial and temporal relations to establish grammatical features. It is therefore not surprising that sign language researchers had been among the first to integrate digital video into tools for corpus analysis and lexicographic work. However, solutions general enough to cover a broad range of research questions still do not exist. The approach presented here integrates corpus transcription with tools previously used in empirical lexicography. In the long run, we expect upcoming multimedia annotation tools to include most of the features we consider essential, allowing sign language researchers to use the same tools as the community at large. So this paper can also be viewed as a wish list of features we would like to see in those tools.