SignWriting List Forum
Date: Fri Mar 30, 2001 3:10
"Angus B. Grieve-Smith"
Subject: Re: sign language processing and computational sign language linguistics
The only thing I would add to Antonio Carlos's description is a
few examples of classic computational linguistic applications: speech
synthesis, speech recognition and machine translation.
The goal of speech synthesis (sometimes called text-to-speech) is
to allow a computer to produce understandable speech. The goal of speech
recognition is to allow a computer to interpret human speech. The goal of
machine translation is to convert a text in one (usually written) language
All these have analogs for signed languages. Sign synthesis aims
to enable a computer to produce understandable signs. The goal of sign
recognition is to allow a computer to understand what is being signed to
it by a human. And machine translation can convert from a written sign
language to a written spoken language, from a written spoken language to a
written sign language, or between signed languages.
-Angus B. Grieve-Smith
University of New Mexico