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AfriSign: Machine Translation for African Sign Languages


Gueuwou, Shester; Takyi, Kate; Müller, Mathias; Nyarko, Marco Stanley; Adade, Richard; Gyening, Rose-Mary Owusuaa Mensah (2023). AfriSign: Machine Translation for African Sign Languages. In: 4th Workshop on African Natural Language Processing, co-located with the Eleventh International Conference on Learning Representations, Kigali, Rwanda, 2023.

Abstract

Sign language translation is an active area of research with the main goal of bridging the communication gap between deaf and hearing individuals. In Natural Language Processing (NLP), there is a growing interest in this task, leading to new datasets and research on translation approaches. But while there has been significant progress for sign languages from high-income countries, minimal research has been conducted on African sign language translation. In this paper, we curate a novel dataset of African sign languages, with a focus on machine translation as the main application. The dataset contains English Bible verses and videos with translations into six different African sign languages. Using this dataset, we report experiments on African sign language machine translation, including baseline Transformer systems, multilingual training and cross-lingual transfer learning.

Abstract

Sign language translation is an active area of research with the main goal of bridging the communication gap between deaf and hearing individuals. In Natural Language Processing (NLP), there is a growing interest in this task, leading to new datasets and research on translation approaches. But while there has been significant progress for sign languages from high-income countries, minimal research has been conducted on African sign language translation. In this paper, we curate a novel dataset of African sign languages, with a focus on machine translation as the main application. The dataset contains English Bible verses and videos with translations into six different African sign languages. Using this dataset, we report experiments on African sign language machine translation, including baseline Transformer systems, multilingual training and cross-lingual transfer learning.

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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:2023
Deposited On:30 Oct 2023 13:24
Last Modified:30 Oct 2023 13:24
OA Status:Green
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Official URL:https://openreview.net/forum?id=EHldk3J2xk
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English