Gallaudet transcription class

Shane Gilchrist shane.gilchrist.oheorpa at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 10 18:09:36 UTC 2010


ELAN is now becoming popular with sign linguists now - because of the
video inset etc.

It appeals to deafies too.


2010/1/10 Charles Butler <chazzer3332000 at>:
> 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)
> This 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
> Course 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::
> cherie
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