CfP: 6th LREC Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Beyond the Manual Channel

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6th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Beyond the Manual Channel

Abstracts are invited for a full day workshop on those aspects of sign language resources that go beyond the manual channels, to take place following the 2014 LREC conference on Saturday, May 31st, 2014.

Non-manual features like facial expressions, mouth actions, head and body movements have all received extensive attention in the linguistic literature. Recent technological developments allow sign language researchers to create relatively large video corpora of sign language use that were unimaginable ten years ago. Several national projects are currently underway, and more are planned. However, most corpus enterprises concentrate on annotation of the manual channels. This workshop aims to share experiences from current and past efforts. What are the
problems that were encountered and the solutions created for recording, transcribing, annotating, and analyzing non-manual features? What are the linguistic decisions taken? The special focus of this workshop is on the coding of these non-manual aspects of signing as well as on tools related to this topic. We invite abstracts for 20-minutes papers or posters (with or without demonstrations) on the following topics:

• Best practices for coding non-manual aspects of signing
• Proposals for standards for linguistic annotation of non-manuals
• Experiences from linguistic research using corpus data on non-manuals
• Non-manuals in translation studies sign language eLearning
• Advances in avatar technology for non-manuals
• Automatic annotation and recognition of non-manuals

Papers of both oral/signed presentations and posters (4-8 pages) of this workshop will be published as workshop proceedings published on the conference website.

Please submit your abstract through the LREC START system at not later than Feb 6th.

When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research. Moreover, ELRA encourages all LREC authors to share the described LRs (data, tools, services, etc.), to enable their reuse, replicability of experiments, including evaluation ones, etc.

The workshop languages are English and International Sign: With financial support from the LREC conference and other institutions, the oral/signed presentations will be interpreted into International Sign. The International Sign interpreters will also be around for the poster sessions to help out where necessary. Deaf participants who prefer to bring interpreters for their national sign language are kindly encouraged to do so and to contact us well ahead of time so that we can plan the room accordingly.

For more information, have a look at the workshop website at

Organising Committee: Onno Crasborn, Eleni Efthimiou, Evita Fotinea, Thomas Hanke, Julie Hochgesang, Jette Kristoffersen, Johanna Mesch
Organising Committee email address: lrec2014 (at)

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