|Title||The Klagenfurt lexicon database for sign languages as a web application: LedaSila, a free sign language database for international use|
|Abstract||The Klagenfurt online database for sign languages ‘LedaSila’ (Lexical Database for Sign Languages, http://ledasila.uni-klu.ac.at/) is designed in such a way that it is possible to present all the information which can be found in any good monolingual or bilingual (printed) dictionary. It offers the possibility to enter semantic, pragmatic as well as morphosyntactic information. Furthermore, a detailed analysis of the non-manual and manual parameters of a sign is possible. LedaSila offers the possibility to search for any information already contained in it (including single signs or formational parameters), to document a sign language, or analyse it linguistically. The search function is accessible to all internet users. When using the database for sign language documentation and/or analyses, an authorisation from the Centre for Sign Language and Deaf Communication in Klagenfurt is required.
When using LedaSila for documentation and/or analysis of a sign, a user does not have to follow a specific order when entering the data. Furthermore, the user is free to decide whether to enter data only in one field (e.g. semantics or region) or to do a full analysis of the sign. A special feature of LedaSila is the possibility to add new categories and values at any time. This is especially important for an analysis tool which is designed to be used internationally. This feature ensures that all categories and values needed for a specific sign language are available.
LedaSila can be used free of charge for non-commercial deaf and scientific issues. The database is hosted on a server of the University of Klagenfurt. All information (including videos) is stored directly on the web server. This means that using LedaSila comes with zero administration. The international sign language linguistic community is invited to use this easily manageable database.