A Call for a Corpus-Based Sign Language Dictionary: An Overview of Croatian Sign Language Lexicography in the Early 21st Century

Page903-908
AuthorKlara Majetić, Petra Bago
TitleA Call for a Corpus-Based Sign Language Dictionary: An Overview of Croatian Sign Language Lexicography in the Early 21st Century
AbstractMany sign languages today are still not standardized nor accessible to a wider audience. Sign languages with high quality dictionaries are scarce. In this paper we give a brief description of sign languages and how they differ from spoken ones, in order to better understand the issues lexicographers might face when compiling dictionaries for these languages. We focus on Croatian Sign Language (HZJ), giving an overview of the current situation in HZJ lexicography following some criteria we find relevant for both online and printed sign language dictionaries. The criteria have been classified into twenty-five categories and applied to create a model for an online HZJ dictionary, briefly presented in this paper. By presenting an unsatisfactory status of HZJ lexicography, we are issuing an urgent call for the compilation of a HZJ corpus as a basis for a high quality dictionary that could benefit both the potential hearing and deaf users.
SessionPoster Presentations
KeywordsCroatian Sign Language (HZJ), sign language lexicography, dictionary evaluation, e-dictionary model
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX2018-077,
author={Klara Majetić, Petra Bago},
title={A Call for a Corpus-Based Sign Language Dictionary: An Overview of Croatian Sign Language Lexicography in the Early 21st Century},
pages={903-908},
booktitle={Proceedings of the XVIII EURALEX International Congress: Lexicography in Global Contexts},
year={2018},
month={jul},
date={17-21},
address={Ljubljana, Slovenia},
editor={Jaka Čibej, Vojko Gorjanc, Iztok Kosem, Simon Krek},
publisher={Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts},
isbn={978-961-06-0097-8}, }
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