ISCA Archive SPECOM 2004
ISCA Archive SPECOM 2004

Signs and speech: two forms of human communication

Alexander Voskressenski

Available computer sign language training aids use for signs demonstration film-loops. It is not possible now to create user defined sign messages and, accordingly, available sign language training aids are not equipped with education control means. The discussed project is proposing an avatar for signs fixing. This method open the way to collect signs via Internet, to demonstrate it, to choose most popular sign form for some sentences. It is proposed to create special server and Internet site to make available the sign languages bank for common access to view and enrich it. The linguistic studies of sign languages are forming essential part of this project. To translate text to signs is supposed to use text descriptions of sign usage to eliminate the ambiguity. Using this mechanism it is possible to systematize the signs, study the grammars and conduct other studies of various sign languages. There is demonstrated that solution of sign language translation problem needs same means that classical computing linguistics — natural language queries to full-text databases for different data domain, verbal input and output, the coherent text generation using keywords and expressions. Projected sign speech bank data will be used in creation of multimedia teaching aids and in the system for deaf distant education. This project is supported by Lions Clubs International and World Human Dimension Foundation.

Cite as: Voskressenski, A. (2004) Signs and speech: two forms of human communication. Proc. 9th Conference on Speech and Computer (SPECOM 2004), 666-669

  author={Alexander Voskressenski},
  title={{Signs and speech: two forms of human communication}},
  booktitle={Proc. 9th Conference on Speech and Computer (SPECOM 2004)},