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LINGUIST List 20.1472

Sat Apr 18 2009

FYI: SignTyp: Sign languages database online

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        1.    Rachel Channon, SignTyp: Sign languages database online

Message 1: SignTyp: Sign languages database online
Date: 16-Apr-2009
From: Rachel Channon <rchannonspeakeasy.net>
Subject: SignTyp: Sign languages database online
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The SignTyp project is pleased to announce that a new version of the
SignTyp database is now available at the Linguistics Data Consortium web
site, at http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/signtyp/downloads/
A zipped file contains both database and documentation. It is free to all
researchers for non-commercial purposes. SignTyp is supported by grant
BCS0544944 from the National Science Foundation to Drs. Harry van der Hulst
and Rachel Channon at the University of Connecticut.

SignTyp is a prototype of a crosslinguistic database containing
phonetic-phonological encoding of signs in a variety of sign languages,
using datasets that had already been coded by various researchers. Setting
a goal comparable to, for example, CHILDES (MacWhinney 2000), SignTyp
provides a home for existing datasets from different linguists. A uniform
coding system has been developed which translates the varying coding
systems. The primary focus of this system is to notate form properties of
sign that are potentially distinctive or phonological, so that researchers
can analyze these potentially distinctive values, and determine which
elements are actually non-distinctive or phonetic and which are truly
phonological. Multiple languages also allow the determination of which
characteristics are cross-linguistically distinctive.

The database currently includes almost 12,000 signs in nine different
language sets, for six different sign languages, from four annotating
groups or individuals: ASL (3 different time periods), Sign Language of the
Netherlands, Korean Sign Language, Japanese Sign Language, New Zealand Sign
Language, and Finnish Sign language (two different time periods).

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology; Text/Corpus Linguistics

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