ASLLRP
 NCSLGR  CD-ROM's 2007


The new data release includes 15 short narratives (volumes 3-7) as well as over 200 additional elicited utterances (volume 2).   

                      Contents listed below.          Form to order CD-ROM's

Statistics about the data contained in these files can be seen at <link coming soon>.


Video files

Video data were collected from Deaf ASL signers from Deaf families in the National Center for Sign Language and Gesture Resources at Boston University (NCSLGR) under the supervision of Profs. Carol Neidle and Stan Sclaroff.

Synchronized video files showing multiple views of the signing are provided. This includes a front view (in many cases, 2 stereoscopic front views are available), a close-up of the face, and often a side view.

The ASLLRP NCSLGR SignStream CD-ROM's include compressed video at 30 frames per second. (For volumes 3-7, the videos play by default at 50% speed; the media controller can be used to play the video at normal speed.)

Information about alternative access to other formats, generally including 60 frame per second uncompressed video: <link coming soon>.

Annotations

Annotations were carried out by researchers participating in the American Sign Language Linguistic Research Project (ASLLRP).*

The ASLLRP NCSLGR CD-ROM's include the videos (in QuickTime format, compressed, 30 fps) and annotations, for viewing within the SignStream™ application; SignStream™ software is required.

Information about access to the annotations in XML format: <link coming soon>

 

SignStream™ software (and soon also annotations in XML format) can be downloaded from the Web.

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SignStream software: runs only as a Classic application on Macintosh computers.

Note that Classic applications do not run on Intel processor-based Macs, nor with Mac X 10.5 or higher. A new Java implementation of SignStream™ is currently under development, with release anticipated in the relatively near future; it will be compatible with annotations carried out using the current version, SignStream™ 2.2.2.

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The annotation conventions used for these data sets are explained online:

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Web access to XML files containing the annotation data distributed on CD-ROM (as indicated below) will be made possible soon. A link will be provided here when the new Web site is ready. For viewing using the SignStream™ applications, please request the CD-ROM's.

SignStream™ software and databases available on CD-ROM.

We will be happy to send the software and data files on CD-ROM.

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The SignStream™ database CD-ROM's require current SignStream™ software, which runs only as a Classic application on Macintosh computers.

Note that the newest Intel chips used by Apple and the OS soon to be released, Leopard, will not run Classic applications. A new Java implementation of SignStream™ is currently under development, with release anticipated in 2008; it will be compatible with annotations carried out using the current version, SignStream™ 2.2.2.

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The annotation conventions used for these data sets are explained online:

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All CD's are available at a cost of $10 each. The 2007 database bundle includes 6 CD-ROM's (volumes 2 through 7) for a total of $50.

To order CD-ROM's, please send this form and a check made payable to Boston University to
    Carol Neidle, BU ASLLRP, CAS Linguistics, 621 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215.

Questions should be directed to carol@bu.edu, 617-353-6218.

 

 

Contents of ASLLRP NCSLGR 2007 Data release:

NCSLGR SignStream™ Databases, Volume 2
  Over 200 elicited utterances including a variety of syntactic constructions

NCSLGR SignStream™ Databases, Volume 3
  Three narratives:
   

Speeding
Close Call
Three Pigs


NCSLGR SignStream™ Databases, Volume 4
  Three narratives:
    Accident
Biker
Boston-LA

NCSLGR SignStream™ Databases, Volume 5
  Three narratives:
   

Ali
Dorm Prank
Whitewater


NCSLGR SignStream™ Databases, Volume 6
  Three narratives:
    Football
LAPD
Siblings

NCSLGR SignStream™ Databases, Volume 7
  Three narratives:
    Roadtrip 1
Roadtrip 2
Scary Story

By default, the video files for the narratives in Volumes 4-7 play at half-speed. Use the media controller for playback at normal speed.


*Annotations were carried out by Carol Neidle, Robert G. Lee, Quinn Duffy, and Michael Schlang, with assistance from Sarah Fish, Fran Conlin, Dawn MacLaughlin, Carla DaSilva, Ben Bahan, Lana Cook, Norma Tourangeau, Ginger Leon, Dana Schlang, Judith Labath, Deborah Perry, and John Pirone.

Video capture was carried out by Stan Sclaroff, Vassilis Athitsos, Murat Erdem, and others.

This project has been supported in part by grants from the National Science Foundation (#SBR-9729010, #IIS-9528985, #IIS-9912573, #EIA-9809340, #IIS-0329009, and #CNS-04279883).