Gallaudet transcription class

Charles Butler chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Jan 10 01:05:32 UTC 2010

I've just checked the ELAN software they talk about and it is entirely a gloss-based system.  It has nothing to do with actual sign language transcription but controlled glossing and description in English or other spoken languages.  I am working with a project that will take Sign Writing and put it into English descriptors (not glossing but descriptors) for linguistic research by another method, but in addition, being able to add whatever translation or glossing may be useful.  It's a different methodology altogether.

The ELAN software is a medium for parsing a videotape so that it can be annoted step-by-step, so as a software it could, conceivably, be able to use SignWriting as and "alternate primary language", but it would be interesting to write the company and see what they could do.  It is Java and XML enabled, so an interface could be created (finding funding would be an interesting challenge).  

Charles Butler

From: Cherie Wren <cwterp at>
To: SignWriting List <sw-l at>
Sent: Sat, January 9, 2010 12:41:52 PM
Subject: [sw-l] Gallaudet transcription class

PST 371-01
Transcription of Sign Languages (1 credit)
course begins by providing a brief history on transcription practices
in signed languages, particularly that of ASL linguistics. This leads
to discussion and evaluation of the role of glass transcripts as data
for ASL studies. The course then introduces the theory of transcription
and what defines successful transcription practices. Attention is also
given to learning ELAN software, a dedicated transcription program, and
applying it to ASL data.
Tuition: $185
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Contact Julie.hochgesang at
RID CMP: Professional, Introductory, 1.5 CEUs
Materials: Instructor provided materials (keynote presentation and
scanned articles) and software (free and available as web download).
Instructor: Julie Hochgesang
Questions: cpso at

Interesting, no mention of signwriting....  Anybody in DC want to take the class and open their eyes?  ::grin::

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <>
-------------- next part --------------


SW-L SignWriting List

Post Message
SW-L at

List Archives and Help

Change Email Settings

More information about the Sw-l mailing list