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Compilation of a Sign Language Database for Use in Medical Practice

  • Mina Terauchi
  • Keiko Watanabe
  • Yuji Nagashima
  • Naoto Kato
  • Taro Miyazaki
  • Seiki Inoue
  • Shuichi Umeda
  • Toshihiro Shimizu
  • Nobuyuki Hiruma
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 435)

Abstract

This paper reports on a study into the establishment of a medical sign language database.

When visiting a medical institution, hearing-impaired patients are sometimes accompanied by a sign language interpreter. The interpreter’s job is to correctly interpret the doctors’ explanations. However, a problem arises in that medical sign language varies considerably in style from one region to another and has not been standardized.

We compiled a list of medical sign language with an emphasis on standardization of meanings and movements. For compiling the sign language terms, we consulted medical professionals, sign language interpreters and native signers. We tried to ensure that the resulting medical sign language include common expressions that can be easily understood by non-professionals. We also produced sign language instructions for medical terms that are hard to understand based on sign language alone, as well as other difficult terms.

Keywords

Kawasaki Disease Health Care Worker Sign Language American Sign Native Signer 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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References

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    Compiled by “Medical Sign Language” Editorial Board: Medical Sign Language, Medical Sign Language Series 1-3, separate volume, Publication Bureau of Japanese Federation of the Deaf (2009) (in Japanese)Google Scholar
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    Nakagawa, F. (ed.): Medical Sign Language Dictionary. Hiroshima Prefectural Sign Language Interpretation Research Association (2005) (in Japanese)Google Scholar
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    Costello, E.: Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Medical Dictionary. Random House Reference (2000)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mina Terauchi
    • 1
  • Keiko Watanabe
    • 2
  • Yuji Nagashima
    • 2
  • Naoto Kato
    • 3
  • Taro Miyazaki
    • 3
  • Seiki Inoue
    • 3
  • Shuichi Umeda
    • 3
  • Toshihiro Shimizu
    • 3
  • Nobuyuki Hiruma
    • 3
  1. 1.Polytechnic UniversityKodaira-shiJapan
  2. 2.Kogakuin UniversityHachioji-shiJapan
  3. 3.NHK Science & Technology Research LaboratoriesSetagaya-kuJapan

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