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Building the British Sign Language Corpus

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Title:Building the British Sign Language Corpus
Authors:Schembri, Adam
Fenlon, Jordan
Rentelis, Ramas
Reynolds, Sally
Cormier, Kearsy
Keywords:British Sign Language
Corpus linguistics
ELAN software
Digital archive
Date Issued:Oct 2013
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Schembri, Adam, Jordan Fenlon, Ramas Rentelis, Sally Reynolds & Kearsy Cormier. 2013. Building the British Sign Language Corpus. Language Documentation & Conservation. 7: 136-154.
Abstract:This paper presents an overview of the British Sign Language Corpus Project—the first endeavor to create a machine-readable digital corpus of British Sign Language (BSL) collected from deaf signers across the United Kingdom. In the field of sign language studies, it represents a unique combination of methodology from variationist sociolinguistics and corpus linguistics. Unlike previous large-scale sign language sociolinguistic projects, the dataset is being annotated and tagged using ELAN software, given metadata descriptions, and the video data has been made accessible, with long-term efforts to make the dataset searchable on-line. This means, however, that participants must consent to having the video data of their sign language use made public. This puts at risk the authenticity of the linguistic data collected, as signers may monitor their production more carefully than usual. We discuss our attempt to minimize this problem by creating a dual-access archive.
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported
Journal:Language Documentation & Conservation
Appears in Collections: Volume 07 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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