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Comparing signers and speakers: Building a directly comparable corpus of Auslan and Australian English

Hodge, GCE; Sekine, K; Schembri, A; Johnston, T; (2019) Comparing signers and speakers: Building a directly comparable corpus of Auslan and Australian English. Corpora (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The Auslan and Australian English archive and corpus is the first bilingual, multimodal documentation of a deaf signed language (Auslan, the language of the Australian deaf community) and its ambient spoken language (Australian English). It aims to facilitate the direct comparison of face-to-face, multimodal talk produced by deaf signers and hearing speakers from the same city. Here we describe the documentation of the bilingual, multimodal archive and outline its development pathway into a directly comparable corpus of a signed language and spoken language. We differentiate it from existing bilingual corpora and offer some research questions for which the resulting corpus may be best placed to answer. The Auslan and Australian English corpus has the potential to redress several significant misunderstandings in the comparison of signed and spoken languages, especially those that follow from misapplications of the paradigm that multimodal signed languages are used and structured in ways that are parallel to the unimodal spoken or written conventions of spoken languages.

Type: Article
Title: Comparing signers and speakers: Building a directly comparable corpus of Auslan and Australian English
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.euppublishing.com/loi/cor
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Comparable corpora, multimodal, sign language, spoken language, deaf
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1556619
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