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Evaluating a Swiss German Sign Language Avatar among the Deaf Community


Ebling, S (2013). Evaluating a Swiss German Sign Language Avatar among the Deaf Community. In: Third International Symposium on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology, Chicago, IL, USA, 18 October 2013 - 19 October 2013.

Abstract

This paper reports on an evaluation of an avatar for Swiss German Sign Language (Deutschschweizerische Gebärdensprache, DSGS) by native signers of this language. The avatar is the final output of a machine translation system which is being built to translate in real time German announcements of the Swiss Federal Railways (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, SBB) into DSGS. An existing software, JASigning, is used to automatically generate the avatar animations. The evaluation data is from a focus group with seven Deaf signers who provided feedback on how to improve the DSGS avatar. They identified several aspects that had to be modified: Among them were the color of the avatar's clothing and the background, the direction of the avatar's default eyegaze, the speed of fingerspelling and mouthings, the temporal coordination of the manual and non-manual components of a sign, and the handling of lists of signs. These aspects are not just relevant for train announcements in DSGS, but for data of other kinds and other sign languages as well.

Abstract

This paper reports on an evaluation of an avatar for Swiss German Sign Language (Deutschschweizerische Gebärdensprache, DSGS) by native signers of this language. The avatar is the final output of a machine translation system which is being built to translate in real time German announcements of the Swiss Federal Railways (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, SBB) into DSGS. An existing software, JASigning, is used to automatically generate the avatar animations. The evaluation data is from a focus group with seven Deaf signers who provided feedback on how to improve the DSGS avatar. They identified several aspects that had to be modified: Among them were the color of the avatar's clothing and the background, the direction of the avatar's default eyegaze, the speed of fingerspelling and mouthings, the temporal coordination of the manual and non-manual components of a sign, and the handling of lists of signs. These aspects are not just relevant for train announcements in DSGS, but for data of other kinds and other sign languages as well.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Event End Date:19 October 2013
Deposited On:02 Dec 2013 14:08
Last Modified:06 Aug 2017 15:11
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10209-015-0408-1
Related URLs:http://sltat.cs.depaul.edu/

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