Issues in creating annotation standards for sign language description

Autor/a: SCHEMBRI, Adam; CRASBORN, Onno
Año: 2010
Editorial: Paris: ELDA, 2010
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos, Lingüística » Sistemas de transcripción de las Lenguas de Signos


In this paper, we discuss the need for a standardised system of annotation for sign language corpora. Although several tools  exist  for  the  annotation of video data (such as ELAN  or  iLex),  and  some  existing  projects  have  annotation guidelines  (e.g.,  Crasborn  et  al.,  2007;  Johnston,  2010),  a  widely  adopted  standard  is  currently  unavailable.  First,  we discuss the purpose of a set of unified annotation standards for sign languages: such standards would provide a shared set  of  conventions for the easy exchange of data across different sign language corpus projects and may increase consistency  within  corpora.  Next,  we  discuss  the  properties  that  would  define  a  good  set  of  shared  annotation conventions (Beckman et al., 2009).  We  examine  some  of  the  proposed  annotation  standards  for  spoken  language description, such as the ToBI conventions for prosody and the Leipzig Glossing Rules for morphosyntax. Lastly, we discuss  the  relationship between  theory  and  description.  Dryer  (2006)  pointed  out that linguists often contrast ‘theoretical  linguistics’  with  ‘descriptive’  work.  But  if  one  accepts  the  argument  that  there  is  indeed no  ‘atheoretical description’, then sign language linguists need to agree on a shared theory for basic sign language description, and how this translates into annotation practices.


En: Drew, Philippe; Efthimiou, Eleni; Hanke, Thomas; Johnston, Trevor; Martinez-Ruiz, Gregorio; Schembri, Adam (eds.) Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (pp. 212-216).