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Joining hands: developing a sign language machine translation system with and for the deaf community

Morrissey, Sara and Way, Andy (2007) Joining hands: developing a sign language machine translation system with and for the deaf community. In: CVHI-2007 - Conference and Workshop on Assistive Technologies for People with Vision and Hearing Impairments: Assistive Technology for All Ages , 28-31 August 2007, Granada, Spain. ISBN 1613-0073

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Abstract

This paper discusses the development of an automatic machine translation (MT) system for translating spoken language text into signed languages (SLs). The motivation for our work is the improvement of accessibility to airport information announcements for D/deaf and hard of hearing people. This paper demonstrates the involvement of Deaf colleagues and members of the D/deaf community in Ireland in three areas of our research: the choice of a domain for automatic translation that has a practical use for the D/deaf community; the human translation of English text into Irish Sign Language (ISL) as well as advice on ISL grammar and linguistics; and the importance of native ISL signers as manual evaluators of our translated output.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:sign language;
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
Published in:Proceedings of the Conference and Workshop on Assistive Technologies for People with Vision and Hearing Impairments: Assistive Technology for All Ages (CVHI-2007). CEUR Workshop Proceedings 415. ISBN 1613-0073
Official URL:http://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/Publications/CEUR-WS/Vol-415/
Copyright Information:Copyright © 2008 the authors
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology, IBM
ID Code:15232
Deposited On:18 Feb 2010 15:46 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 27 Apr 2010 14:50

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