SignStream 2.2 release - May 2003
A new release of SignStream -- version 2.2 -- is now
available. We urge all existing users to upgrade. In
addition to incorporating several bug fixes, the new version
of the program updates the format of database files (to make
it compatible with version 3.0, now under development). We
are also releasing additional ASL data, collected in the
National Center for Sign Language and Gesture Resources
which requires version 2.2.
Viewer Applet - June 2003
There is a new Java
Applet to allow
browsing our SignStream data repository and demonstrate some
of the new editing capabilities being developed for
SignStream in the news
expressions: New facility will aid in understanding sign
language and human movement," by Eric McHenry. Bostonia.
facility will aid in understanding sign language and human
movement," by Eric McHenry. BU Bridge, Week of 21
January 2000,Vol. III, No. 20, pp. 1, 4.
Hope a New Computer Program Will Advance the Study of Sign
Language," by Vincent Kiernan. Chronicle of Higher
Education, November 7, 1997, pp. A27-28.
In Anthropology News
42:2, April 2001, p. 55
by Richard J. Senghas
a Mac-based software package developed especially for
analysis of sign language data, has just been
significantly enhanced with the release of version 2.0.
SignStream now supports multiple synchronized movie files
as well as sound files, expanding its usefulness to
possibly include spoken data. There is also a new script
capability, which makes it possible to select specific
subsets of utterances to be viewed in a specific order.
Licenses (including site licenses) are extremely
affordable, allowing opportunities for advanced coding
projects previously limited to well-funded labs.
Registered users may upgrade at no cost. (All registered
users should already have received information via e-mail
about downloading the upgrade materials from the
SignStream web site. If you are a registered user but
have not received this information, please send e-mail to
email@example.com.) Previous versions of SignStream will no
longer be supported. Further details about the new
version are available at the SignStream web site
www.bu.edu/asllrp/SignStream. I [RJS] have used
this tool for both research and in-class demonstration of
linguistic principles to undergraduate audiences. It has
proved extremely effective and tends to engage students
like few other tools available to me.
also discussion of SignStream in:
Bigbee, Dan Loehr, and Lisa Harper, Emerging
Requirements for Multi-Modal Annotation and Analysis
2001. In Proceedings, Eurospeech 2001 Special Event:
Existing and Future Corpora -- Acoustic, Linguistic, and