Adam will present signwriting at Gallaudet University

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GOOGLEMAIL.COM
Fri May 6 20:55:54 UTC 2011

Hi Valerie and friends ... 




Congratulation Adam to be one of the presenters ... This is great! 






We are pleased to announce a workshop titled _Building sign language corpora
in North America_.


Purpose of workshop: There are many definitions of a language corpus. One
such definition offered by McEnery, Xiao and Tono (2006) is a collection of
texts in a given language that is representative, comprehensive, accessible,
machine-readable and searchable. There are several ongoing language corpora
projects focused on the documentation of sign languages in countries like
Australia, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Germany. To date, there
have been several workshops in Europe on various aspects of building a sign
language corpus (e.g., the SLCN series of workshops co- organized by Onno
Crasborn and colleagues). This workshop will provide a much needed
opportunity for researchers based in the US and Canada to share experiences
from their work in this area, as well as share ideas for future projects.


Program information: The workshop will begin on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at
8:30 am and take place at Gallaudet University, in the Student Academic
Center (SAC), Room 1011. The complete list of presenters is as follows:


• Ted Supalla (University of Rochester)


• Christian Rathmann (University of Hamburg)


• Trevor Johnston (Macquarie University), Adam Schembri (La Trobe
University), Kearsy Cormier, Jordan Fenlon, and Ramas Rentelis (University
College London) “Type-token matching in annotated SL corpora: Examples from
the Auslan and BSL corpus projects”


• Rosalee Wolfe, John C. McDonald, and Jerry Schnepp (DePaul University)
“Synthetic and acquired corpora: meeting at the annotation”


• Ronnie B. Wilbur, Kadir Gokgoz and Robin Shay (Purdue University), Aleix
Martinez (Ohio State University) “Mechanics and Issues in Making ASL
Databases Available”


• Carol Neidle (Boston University)


• Kearsy Cormier, Jordan Fenlon and Ramas Rentelis (University College
London), Adam Schembri (La Trobe University), Trevor Johnston (Macquarie
University) “Multiple access levels and multiple interfaces of the BSL and
Auslan Corpora”


• Jonathan Keane (University of Chicago), Susan Rizzo (University of
Chicago), Diane Brentari (Purdue University), and Jason Riggle (University
of Chicago) “Phonetic coding of fingerspelling”


• Adam Frost (Gallaudet University)

“Sign Language Corpus using SignWriting”


• Diane Lillo-Martin, University of Connecticut


In addition, on Sunday, May 22, 2011, from 9 am to noon, there will be an
ELAN training session by Julie Hochgesang for those who are interested.


Conference languages: We welcome presentations in ASL or International Sign
(IS), and will provide ASL/English and ASL/IS interpretation.


Registration information: Registration is free but required and due by May
16, 2011. To register, please send an email to
sign.corpus.workshop at with the following



(i) your name

(ii) your affiliation

(iii) your email address

(iv) whether you wish to participate in the ELAN training on Sunday


There is a fee of $10 for lunch on Saturday – please bring this in cash with
you to the workshop.


Lodging information: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden
Inn, which is located next to the New York Avenue/Gallaudet metro station on
the Red Line and about 8-10 minutes walking distance from the workshop
venue. For workshop participants, the hotel is offering a discounted rate of
$129/night plus 14.5% taxes. The discounted rate is good until May 13, 2011.
To make reservations, please call the toll-free number 1-800-HILTONS or the
hotel directly at 202-408-4870 and identify yourself as a member of the
Corpus Workshop group when making the reservation. Alternatively, you may
book online at the following link and use the booking code CORPU. 





Julie Hochgesang, Gene Mirus, and Gaurav Mathur (Gallaudet University)




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