Sign Language Corpora: Linguistic Issues

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Friday, 24 July 2009 to Saturday, 25 July 2009
United Kingdom
Submission Deadline: 
Saturday, 28 February 2009

Full Title: Sign Language Corpora: Linguistic Issues

Date: 24-Jul-2009 - 25-Jul-2009
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Adam Schembri
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Documentation;

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2009

Meeting Description:

Abstracts are invited for a workshop "Sign language corpora: Linguistic
to take place at University College London (London, England) on 24-25 July,

Second Call for Papers

Revised Deadline: 28th February, 2009

Increasing numbers of sign language researchers are seeking to create large
corpora of sign language digital video data. Projects have been undertaken
are underway in Australia, France, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands, Spain,
United Kingdom and Germany, for example, and more are underway or being
in other parts of the world. This workshop aims to share experiences from
current work and plans for future work. What are the descriptive and
challenges being encountered and what solutions are being proposed? What
of linguistic data are being collected? What linguistic and sociolinguistic
factors are being considered in corpus design? What standards for linguistic
tagging and metadata are being used and how can these be improved? What
kinds of
linguistic research questions are being addressed using sign language corpus
data? What kinds of linguistic evidence can corpora provide? What
does sign language corpus work have for theories of language?

We invite abstracts for 30 minute papers or posters on descriptive,
and applied linguistic issues in corpus-based approaches to sign language
research, including the following topics:

- Linguistic and sociolinguistic issues in building sign language corpora
- Linguistic issues in annotation or for metadata descriptions
- Reports from linguistic research using corpora
- Use of corpora in sign language teaching and learning
- Use of parallel corpora in sign language research, and
interpreting/translation studies
- Language documentation, archiving and preservation of sign language data
- Linguistic issues in the development of annotation software and automated
sign language recognition

Day 1 of the workshop will consist of presentations and posters, while day 2
will involve a series of invited talks interspersed with discussions on key
issues led by discussants (invited speakers and discussants are to be
but will include Onno Crasborn and Trevor Johnston).

Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) by email to < > no later than 28th February, 2009. In your
message, please indicate your preference for the presentation format:
spoken/signed paper or poster.

Workshop website (more information to follow very soon):