Speech and Language Technology for Disabled Persons

Stockholm, Sweden
May 31 - June 2, 1993

Design of a System for Electronic Dictionary of Japanese Sign Language

Yumiko Fukuda (1), Shizuo Hiki (2)

(1) Research Institute, National Rehabilitation Center for the Disabled, Tokorozawa, Japan
(2) School of Human Sciences, Waseda University, Tokorozawa, Japan

As apart of study on standardization of Japanese Sign Language for promotion of better communication in its public use, design of system and organization of database for the electronic dictionary is discussed in this report. The sign vocabulary in this system is a set of about 800 words highly common among Japanese signers. They were selected from more than 4000 words, which are found in currently published 18 kinds of Japanese sign dictionaries. Pictures of these words signed by a most typical sign translator were recorded on a laser disc unit controlled by a personal computer. The pictures can be retrieved either from the representation of Japanese Sign Language by a new set of more than ten symbols for each of shape, position and movement of hands and arms, plus supplemental notes, as well as from an orthographic description. Application in educational technology of the system for self-learning of sign language, and kinematic analysis of the movements of arms, hands and fingers through a computer-simulation of the models are also discussed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fukuda, Yumiko / Hiki, Shizuo (1993): "Design of a system for electronic dictionary of Japanese sign language", In SLTDP-93, 83-86.