Building the Corpus of Finland-Swedish Sign Language: Acknowledging the Language History and Future Revitalization

Juhana Salonen, Maria Andersson-Koski, Karin Hoyer, Tommi Jantunen

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This paper presents the first steps in the process of creating a multimedia corpus for the severely endangered Finland-Swedish Sign Language (FinSSL). In the paper, we will first outline the history and current situation of FinSSL and then move on to describe some of the foundational choices which we have made both in the earlier data collection and at the start of the currently ongoing annotation work. Finally, we will bring up challenges related to the corpus data processing and discuss the future uses of the corpus, especially from the point of view of the FinSSL revitalization process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiversity of Methods and Materials in Digital Human Sciences : Proceedings of the Digital Research Data and Human Sciences DRDHum Conference 2022, December 1-3, Jyväskylä, Finland
EditorsJarmo Harri Jantunen, Johanna Kalja-Voima, Matti Laukkarinen, Anna Puupponen, Margareta Salonen, Tuija Saresma, Jenny Tarvainen, Sabine Ylönen
Number of pages13
Place of PublicationJyväskylä
PublisherUniversity of Jyväskylä
Publication date2022
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-39-9450-1
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventDigital Research Data and Human Sciences (DRDHum): Diversity of Methods and Materials - Jyväskylä universitet, Jyväskylä, Finland
Duration: 1 Dec 20223 Dec 2022

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