SignSynth: A Sign Language Synthesis Application Using Web3D and Perl

  • Angus B. Grieve-Smith
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2298)

Abstract

Sign synthesis (also known as text-to-sign) has recently seen a large increase in the number of projects under development. Many of these focus on translation from spoken languages, but other applications include dictionaries and language learning. I will discuss the architecture of typical sign synthesis applications and mention some of the applications and prototypes currently available. I will focus on SignSynth, a CGI-based articulatory sign synthesis prototype I am developing at the University of New Mexico. SignSynth takes as its input a sign language text in ASCII-Stokoe notation (chosen as a simple starting point) and converts it to an internal feature tree. This underlying linguistic representation is then converted into a three-dimensionala nimation sequence in Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML or Web3D), which is automatically rendered by a Web3D browser.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angus B. Grieve-Smith
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  1. 1.Linguistics DepartmentThe University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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