Design for SignPuddle 3: parts-of-speech and morphology of sign language
Stephen E Slevinski Jr
slevin at SIGNPUDDLE.NET
Thu Dec 12 17:35:58 UTC 2013
On 12/12/13, 10:17 AM, maria galea wrote:
> Could I just point out an issue that has come up recently when
> investigating SignPuddles and using them as a tool to extract
> information about the writing system for different sign languages..
> You see, some reviewers have been very critical about the symbol
> frequency count - not in itself naturally, but with the lack of
> information it provides about the inputters (writers), their expertise
> and even the lack of having an exact figure of how many people have
> written in a given Puddle.
This is a fair criticism.
> Without such information not much can be concluded from the results,
> since you would need exact figures of how many writers have inputted
> into a given Puddle, dates of when they inputted, and some information
> about their level of skill, whether they are native signers or
Some of this is available.
> it would be a pity not to include such information (if it is possible)
> for the sake of future research.
This would require tracking additional information.
> Just to give an example, say you would like to investigate the writing
> system of the Spanish Literature Puddle (for instance you are
> investigating the symbols/glyphs used for Spanish sign language) -
> without information about the number of writers, whether they are
> native signers or hearing students, and dates of when the writing was
> created - there is not much you can conclude about the writing system
> of Spanish sign language (because if if it was written by one person
> this would be much more different than if it were written by say 15
> people)...do you see my point?
From the raw user data, I can pull this list.
However, the user who entered the data isn't the same as the original
> I have no idea if such information can somehow be stored, as i have no
> expertise with programming at all; i can also see the problem with
> data-protection acts (but hey- what happened with the boom of
> social-networks such as Facebook!) but it would be great to somehow
> store such information for future research...
This would be an interesting and valuable addition to the SignPuddle
project, but not the core focus.
I have a few ideas that will answer some of you questions, but it will
not answer them all.
Thanks Maria for your input.
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