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.
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||6th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Beyond the Manual Channel - Reykjavik, Iceland|
Duration: 31 May 2014 → …
|Seminar||6th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Beyond the Manual Channel|
|Period||31/05/14 → …|
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.