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Linguistics As Structure In Computer Animation: Toward A More Effective Synthesis Of Brow Motion In American Sign Language
Sign Language & Linguistics; Special Issue: Nonmanuals in Sign Language
  • Rosalee Wolfe, DePaul University
  • Peter Cook, Columbia College Chicago
  • John C McDonald, DePaul University
  • Jerry Schnepp, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus
Document Type
Article
Abstract

Computer-generated three-dimensional animation holds great promise for synthesizing utterances in American Sign Language (ASL) that are not only grammatical, but well tolerated by members of the Deaf community. Unfortunately, animation poses several challenges stemming from the necessity of grappling with massive amounts of data. However, the linguistics of ASL can aid in surmounting the challenge by providing structure and rules for organizing animation data. An exploration of the linguistic and extra linguistic behavior of the brows from an animator’s viewpoint yields a new approach for synthesizing nonmanuals that differs from the conventional animation of anatomy and instead offers a different approach for animating the effects of interacting levels of linguistic function. Results of formal testing with Deaf users have indicated that this is a promising approach.

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Publication Date
1-1-2011
Publisher
John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN
1569-996X
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/sll.14.1.09wol
Citation Information
Rosalee Wolfe, Peter Cook, John C McDonald and Jerry Schnepp. "Linguistics As Structure In Computer Animation: Toward A More Effective Synthesis Of Brow Motion In American Sign Language" Sign Language & Linguistics; Special Issue: Nonmanuals in Sign Language Vol. 14 Iss. 1 (2011)
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