When nonmanuals meet semantics and syntax: towards a practical guide for the segmentation of sign language discourse

Silvia Gabarro-Lopez, Laurence Meurant

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Abstract

This paper aims to contribute to the segmentation of sign language (SL) discourses by providing an operational synthesis of the criteria that signers use to segment a SL discourse. Such procedure was required when it came to analyse the role of buoys as discourse markers (DMs), which is part of a PhD on DMs in French Belgian SL (LSFB). All buoy markers found in the data had to be differentiated in terms of scope: some markers (like most list buoy markers) seemed to be long range markers, whereas others (like most fragment buoy markers) seemed to have a local scope only. Our practical guide results from a hierarchized and operationalized synthesis of the criteria, which explain the segmentation judgments of deaf (native and non-native) and hearing (non-native) signers of LSFB who were asked to segment a small-scale (1h) corpus. These criteria are a combination of non-manual, semantic and syntactic cues. Our contribution aims to be shared, tested on other SLs and hopefully improved to provide SL researchers who conduct discourse studies with some efficient and easy-to-use guidelines, and avoid them extensive (and time-consuming) annotation of the manual and non-manual cues that are related to the marking of boundaries in SLs.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event6th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Beyond the Manual Channel - Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 31 May 2014 → …

Seminar

Seminar6th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Beyond the Manual Channel
CountryIceland
CityReykjavik
Period31/05/14 → …

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  • Projects

    Corpus-LSFB: Creation of a referential corpus for the study of Belgian-French Sign Language (LSFB)

    Meurant, L., GABARRO-LOPEZ, S., Volon, R., DE CLERCK, C., SANCHEZ, S. & RAES, G.

    1/01/1230/06/15

    Project: Research Axis

    Activities

    • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Current issues on sign language corpus linguistics. Workshop of the Groupe de contact FRS-FNRS “Linguistique des langues des signes de Belgique”

    Silvia Gabarro-Lopez (Organiser)

    31 Oct 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Current issues on sign language corpus linguistics. Workshop of the Groupe de contact FRS-FNRS “Linguistique des langues des signes de Belgique”

    Silvia Gabarro-Lopez (Speaker)

    31 Oct 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    6th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Beyond the Manual Channel

    Silvia Gabarro-Lopez (Poster)

    31 May 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Student Theses

    Discourse Markers in French Belgian Sign Language (LSFB) and Catalan Sign Language (LSC): BUOYS, PALM-UP and SAME: Variation, functions and position in discourse

    Author: Gabarro-Lopez, S., 21 Sep 2017

    Supervisor: Meurant, L. (Supervisor), Barberà Altimira , G. (External person) (Co-Supervisor), Degand, L. (External person) (Jury), Vermeerbergen, M. (External person) (Jury), Crasborn, O. (External person) (Jury) & Sinte, A. (President)

    Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Languages, Letters and Translation

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    Gabarro-Lopez, S., & Meurant, L. (2014). When nonmanuals meet semantics and syntax: towards a practical guide for the segmentation of sign language discourse. Poster session presented at 6th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Beyond the Manual Channel, Reykjavik, Iceland.