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Hand in hand: automatic sign Language to English translation

Stein, Daniel and Dreuw, Philippe and Ney, Hermann and Morrissey, Sara and Way, Andy (2007) Hand in hand: automatic sign Language to English translation. In: TMI-07 - Proceedings of The 11th Conference on Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Machine Translation, 7-9 September 2007, Skövde, Sweden.

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In this paper, we describe the first data-driven automatic sign-language-to- speech translation system. While both sign language (SL) recognition and translation techniques exist, both use an intermediate notation system not directly intelligible for untrained users. We combine a SL recognizing framework with a state-of-the-art phrase-based machine translation (MT) system, using corpora of both American Sign Language and Irish Sign Language data. In a set of experiments we show the overall results and also illustrate the importance of including a vision-based knowledge source in the development of a complete SL translation system.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:sign language recognition;
Subjects:Computer Science > Machine translating
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Language Technology (NCLT)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
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Deposited On:18 Feb 2010 12:07 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 18 Feb 2010 12:07

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