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Building BSL SignBank: The lemma dilemma revisited

Fenlon, J; Cormier, KA; Schembri, A; (2015) Building BSL SignBank: The lemma dilemma revisited. International Journal of Lexicography , 28 (2) pp. 169-206. 10.1093/ijl/ecv008. Green open access

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Abstract

One key criterion when creating a representation of any lexicon within a dictionary or lexical database is that the lemma must be clearly distinguished from idiosyncratic or systematically modified variants. However, few researchers have attempted to outline these principles as they apply to sign languages. As a consequence, the vast majority of sign language dictionaries and lexical databases are mixed collections of phonetic, phonological, morphological, and lexical variants of lexical signs (e.g. Brien 1992) which have not addressed what may be termed as the lemma dilemma. In this paper, lemmatisation practices used in the creation of BSL SignBank, a lexical database and dictionary of British Sign Language based on signs identified within the British Sign Language Corpus (http://www.bslcorpusproject.org), are outlined. The paper concludes that the principles outlined here should be considered in the creation of any sign language lexical database and ultimately any sign language dictionary and reference grammar.

Type: Article
Title: Building BSL SignBank: The lemma dilemma revisited
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/ijl/ecv008
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijl/ecv008
Language: English
Additional information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in the International Journal of Lexicography following peer review. The version of record Fenlon, J; Cormier, KA; Schembri, A; (2015) Building BSL SignBank: The lemma dilemma revisited. International Journal of Lexicography , 28 (2) pp. 169-206, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijl/ecv008.
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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: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1437532
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