A year has passed since the project started. During this year we have mainly built a new video studie with new video cameras and new lighting equipment. Initially we made testrecordings of two people at two separate occassions, to get the right camera angels and to plan the recording sessions, which will include both dialogue sessions and some narrations. 

Info about corpus

At the end of May 2010 we had completed 14 recording sessions (a total of 56 hours) with 28 informants ranging from 18 to 80 years of age, from different regions in Sweden.

We have published two documents: the second version of our directions for use of the annotation software ELAN in Swedish and a first version of annotation conventions for annotating Swedish Sign Language discourse.

The annotation conventions are the result of several months of testing and discussions. Now that the annotation conventions are ready, we can get started annotating our recording material beginning in February 2010. Special annotators have been hired to do this work.

The Swedish Sign Language Corpus will consist of several hundred hours of video recordings and annotations (transcriptions as well as other notes).

Together with Sign Linguistics Corpora Network (SLCN) we will arrange a workshop (the third in a series) which will focus on annotation June 14-16, 2010.

The corpus project is carried out at the Department of Linguistics, Sign Language Section, Stockholm University, and is funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentennary Foundation. Principal investigator is Johanna Mesch.