Sign Language Generation in an ALE HPSG

I. Marshall, É. Sáfár

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During the past fifty years sign languages have been recognised as genuine languages with their own syntax and distinctive phonology. In the case of sign languages, phonetic description characterises the manual and non-manual aspects of signing. The latter relate to facial expression and upper torso position. In the case of manual components these characterise hand shape, orientation and position, and hand/arm movement in three dimensional space around the signer's body. These phonetic charcaterisations can be notated as HamNoSys descriptions of signs which has an executable interpretation to drive an avatar. The HPSG sign language generation component of a text to sign language system prototype is described. The assimilation of SL morphological features to generate signs which respect positional agreement in signing space are emphasised.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004
Event11th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar - Center for Computational Linguistics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 3 Aug 20046 Aug 2004


Conference11th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar
Abbreviated titleHPSG-2004

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