TAL special issue on sign language modelling and processing

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Wed May 2 19:46:17 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
May 2, 2007

Thank you, Antonio Carlos, for this information.

I hope we can submit something...

There will be a presentation of SignPuddle 1.5 to a research lab here  
in San Diego on May 31st, and there is a second research lab in  
California interested in possibly using a SignPuddle server for Sign  
Language document-analysis in the future, so I am not sure how to  
write this as a submission, but I will contact them to see if they  
will be interested in co-authoring something with me...

There are also two new projects using SignWriting and SWML to animate  
figures, both in other countries...so I will inform them of this too...

and even the discussion of Wikipedias in Sign Languages might be  

Are any of your students working on computerization with SignWriting  
in Brazil?

Always interested to know about your projects ;-)

Val ;-)


On May 2, 2007, at 11:58 AM, Antônio Carlos da Rocha Costa wrote:

> Val and everybody,
>   There will be a special issue of a French journal (Traitement  
> Automatique des Langues) that will publish academic research papers  
> on sign language modelling and processing.
>   Below is the call for papers, in case somebody becomes interested  
> in submitting his/her research results.
>   All the best,
>   Antônio Carlos
> ---
> GUEST EDITORS: Christian CUXAC and Patrice DALLE
> Sign language studies are now emerging from their specific and
> confidential territory to meet up with ongoing research on natural
> language both from a linguistic and computer science viewpoints. The
> number of specific colloquia is quickly increasing, and research on
> sign language being presented in non specialised colloquia. The study
> of sign language is providing insight on language phenomena and is
> therefore of interest to more than specialised linguists. The fields
> of computer vision and avatar synthesis are now entering research on
> sign languages. Will Natural Language Processing also participate?
> In France, the status of Sign language has changed, with the law voted
> in February 2005, and the right to use French Sign Language (LSF) in
> all aspects of the life of a deaf person. Its teaching is now allowed
> in education and there exist teaching programs inspired from the ones
> for European languages.  So, there is a need for knowledge to
> describe, present and teach sign language.
> With Internet, tools for Natural Language Processing are now part of
> the life and development of a language. Sign languages should be
> usable on Internet to communicate, to get informed, and even for sign
> language learning. This requires robust and efficient applications
> respectful of the specificities of sign languages. These requirements
> will only be met if these applications rely on elaborate models and
> precise formalization of sign languages.
> From a linguistic point of view, formalization and computerization of
> sign languages are especially appealing : the study of a different
> medium should highlight the universal aspects of human languages but
> also the aspects specific to sign languages, by for instance providing
> corpora, and more or less automatic annotation and analysis tools.
> Submission to this special issue should address the automated
> processing of sign languages as well as formal models which lead to
> processing tools.
> -       semantics and pragmatics of sign languages;
> -       iconicity and semiotics of sign languages : models and
> formalisation of iconicity;
> -       lexicon, morphology and syntax of sign languages;
> -       sign language phonology;
> -       representation of sign languages;
> -       sign language analysis and generation;
> -       models for sign languages issued from logical, symbolic or
> statistical methods;
> -       computer aided translation between sign languages and spoken
> languages;
> -       human computer interaction in sign language;
> -       tools and resources for sign languages;
> -       automated analysis and indexing of video corpora of sign
> languages;
> -       image processing and modelling for sign languages;
> -       modelling and generation of avatars for sign language  
> synthesis.
> (see http://www.atala.org/)
> The journal TAL (Traitement Automatique des Langues) is an
> international journal published since 1960 by ATALA (Association pour
> le Traitement Automatique des Langues) with the support of the
> CNRS. It is now becoming available in electronic form, with print on
> demand. The reading and selection process remain unchanged.
> Manuscripts may be submitted in English or French. French-speaking
> authors are requested to submit in French.
> (Authors wishing to submit a paper are invited to send an email  
> including the title and authors  of their proposal to dalle at irit.fr  
> and retore at labri.fr as soon as possible and not lalter than June  
> 15th )
> June 25th 2007 Deadline for submission
> December 19th 2007 Notification to authors
> October 19th 2007 Deadline for submission of revised version
> Contributions (25 pages maximum, PDF format) will be sent by e-mail to
> both editors at the address below:
> dalle at irit.fr
> Style sheets are available for download at
> http://tal.e-revues.com/appel.jsp
> Christian Cuxac (Université Paris 8)
> Patrice Dalle (IRIT, Université Toulouse 3)
> Jenny Benois-Pineau (Université de Bordeaux)
> Annelies Braffort (CNRS, LIMSI, Orsay)
> Georgette Dal (Université de Lille III)
> Antonio Da Rocha Costa (Universidade Católica de Pelotas, Brasil)
> Brigitte Garcia (Université Paris 8)
> Sylvie Gibet (Université de Bretagne Sud, Vannes)
> Agnès Millet (Université Grenoble 3)
> Carol Neidle (University of Boston, USA)
> Anne-Marie Parisot (UQAM, Montréal, Canada)
> Elena Pizzuto (CNR, ISTC, Roma, Italy)
> Annie Risler (Université de Lille III)
> Richard Sabria (DYALANG, Université de Rouen)
> Marie-Anne Sallandre (Université Paris 8)
> Alessandro Zucchi (Universtià degli Studi di Milano, Italy)
> -- 
> Antônio Carlos da Rocha Costa
> Escola de Informática
> Coord. Mestrado em Ciência da Computação
> Programa de Pós-graduação em Informática
> Universidade Católica de Pelotas
> http://ppginf.ucpel.tche.br

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