I for one have an embarrassingly vast lack of knowledge sign language. It seems that the tide is turning a bit and sign (should it be sign? See? I don’t even know that!) is starting to get more attention in basic linguistics classes.
So, my question: what kind of software do sign researchers rely on? Video, certainly, but what video software? Are there any custom-made tools out there?
Any pointers to good overview papers?
No one would be surprised to see me suggest that there are a lot of interesting possibilities for documenting sign with web platform technology, or at least, it seems that way to my uniformed .
Would love to see what folks have to say!
Got an interesting response from Ryan Lepic over on Twitter, I’ll copy the commentary and links in here (Twitter is so ephemeral!):
…a lot of folks use the mpi-developed ELAN for video annotation (https://juliehochgesang.com/elan/). doc projects are relatively small and ppl maintain their own databases. ASL, ironically, is pretty far behind some other sign languages. check out this paper:
there is also the long-running sign language processing workshop attached to LREC (https://sign-lang.uni-hamburg.de/lrec-ws/workshops.html), but i have not attended and always found the proceedings too short and tantalizing
It certainly seems that Julie Hochgesang is someone to follow in this domain:
Here are her slides on using ELAN for sign:
And she has a great list of resources here: