writing multi-party conversation

Antônio Carlos da Rocha Costa rocha at ATLAS.UCPEL.TCHE.BR
Wed Aug 2 18:28:41 UTC 2006


   I know that the sign language research group of Elena Pizzuto (at 
ISTC, Rome) has some experience in the representation of two-party 
dialogues using SignWriting. They have written one or two papers talking 
about that.

   All the best,

   Antônio Carlos

eghoffma at UMICH.EDU wrote:

> Hi - I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience writing multi-party 
> conversations with SSW. I'm working on linguistic transcripts of 
> naturally occuring conversation/interviews/etc in Nepali Sign Language. 
> I've only done transcripts of single signers so far, to get used to 
> Signwriting. Now I want to start doing these multiparty interactions. 
> Does anyone have any tips about this? I figure that I will have each 
> party's signing going down side-by-side vertical strips (which is nice 
> because I can visually represent overlap and all that). I am writing 
> from the receptive point of view for these transcripts as that seems 
> more suited to what I am working on here (though I agree that expressive 
> makes more sense for personal writing). In most of these conversations 
> the signers are facing one another (and are therefore at 3/4 to the 
> camera). Does it make any sense to represent the way that looks in the 
> sign writing or does it make more sense to write the signs as if the 
> signers were directly facing the camera? Also, I have a lot of home 
> signers in my data, who often incorporate the physical environment in 
> their communication (reaching out to physically manipulate objects, 
> trace on table tops, etc). I don't suppose sign writing has any means of 
> representing contact with external physical objects? If not I can always 
> describe these actions along with the glosses. I think most of these 
> questions will work themselves out as I keep working, but I thought I'd 
> throw some of these questions out there so I won't reinvent the wheel if 
> someone has already worked through all this.
> Best,
> Erika
> Quoting Valerie Sutton <sutton at signwriting.org>:
>> SignWriting List
>> August 1, 2006
>> On Jul 20, 2006, Kimberley Shaw wrote:
>>> I've attached a picture of the first run of "ASL Story Book" as it  
>>> was being assembled! The first 20 copies are spoken for already,  
>>> leaving 30 up for sale to whomever ...Best, Kim
>> --------------
>> Hello Kim!
>> This is very exciting. The ASL Anthology looks great. I can see  
>> several stories I know. Congrats!
>> Look forward to hearing about your time at Gallaudet this summer -
>> And thanks for this photo of the ASL Anthology while it was being put 
>>  together...what fun ;-)
>> ?

Antônio Carlos da Rocha Costa
Escola de Informática
Coord. Mestrado em Ciência da Computação
Programa de Pós-graduação em Informática
Universidade Católica de Pelotas

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