A different description of orientation in sign languages

TitleA different description of orientation in sign languages
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsSevilla, AFG, Lahoz-Bengoechea, JMaría
JournalProcesamiento del Lenguaje Natural

Sign languages are a very interesting object of linguistic study, posing challenges not present in oral languages. One of these challenges is describing and transcribing the internal structure of the language in a way that is adequate to its characteristics but also compatible with existing linguistic practice. The phonology of sign languages is of special interest. We focus on one phonological feature: that of hand orientation. We propose an interpretation and description system that better captures underlying meaning and structure, and that is more appropriate for its formal and computational treatment.