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"Scientific understanding and vision-based technological development for continuous sign language recognition and translation"

Scientific Objectives

The scientific objective of this project is to enrich the linguistic understanding of several “phonetic” markers, to identify the sign and sentence boundaries needed for parsing continuous sign language discourse by different signers, and also to find out what types of assimilation and coarticulation occur when signs are realised in a string of multiple signs (so going beyond signs in isolation), with across-word and within-word coarticulation effects similar to spoken language. These questions have only received limited attention in the linguistic literature, and have never been studied from the perspective of machine recognition of continuous sign language. Although the study will be carried out in Sing Language of the Netherlands (NGT), these grounding concepts will also be valid for the other sign languages because they refer to the natural and intuitive basement of the signing.

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