It targets four different European sign languages: Greek, British, German, and French.
Expected outcomes are three showcase applications for a search-by-example sign language dictionary, a sign language-to-sign language translator, and a sign language-based Wiki.
For example, parents report that their signing children have fewer tantrums and better social skills, and that both the children and parents are less frustrated .
Researchers have tested some of these claims by comparing families who use signs to families who don’t use signs.
Therefore, the current volume brings together work on sign language interpreting, the use of spoken and sign language with deaf children with cochlear implants and early language development in children exposed to both a spoken and sign language, and reports on recent research on aspects of sign language structure.
It also includes papers addressing methodological issues in sign language research.
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Sign language and Web 2.0 applications are currently incompatible, because of the lack of anonymisation and easy editing of online sign language contributions.
This paper describes Dicta-Sign, a project aimed at developing the technologies required for making sign language-based Web contributions possible, by providing an integrated framework for sign language recognition, animation, and language modelling.