The Sign Linguistics Corpora Network was a three-year project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The aim of the network was to collect and strengthen existing knowledge on the creation and exploitation of sign language corpora and draw a map of what is needed for high-quality research in the decades to come.
In January 2016, Connie de Vos started her NWO VENI project The face in sign language interaction. In this project she investigates the role of facial expressions in turn-taking behaviours by comparing signed conversations in Sign Language of Netherlands (Nederlands gebarentaal – NGT) with various generations of Kata Kolok, a young sign language that emerged among the deaf and hearing community members in a deaf village of Bali.
In this project we aim to resolve some long-‐standing issues in sign language research by developing a morphological approach to sub-‐sign meaning. These issues include the role of iconicity in the lexicon and grammar and the relation between morphology and phonology in signed languages. An invento-‐ ry of sub-‐sign form-‐meaning units and their combinatorial potential is much needed, for our under-‐ standing of the morphological structure of signs, for the comprehension and production of new sign formations, for improving psycholinguistic studies, and for applied linguistics (language education, and lexicography). Large sets of annotated data (corpora) will be used to study the occurrence and distribution of meaning units smaller than the sign (lexeme).
Digging into Signs is a collaboration between University College London (Deafness Cognition and Language research centre) and Radboud University (Centre for Language Studies), which has the aim to standardise and validate gloss annotations for sign language texts.
The SignPhon database was created for phonetic and phonological research on Sign Language of the Netherlands, by Harry van der Hulst, Onno Crasborn, and Els van der Kooij. The original database was created in 4th Dimension and is no longer in use. The material has been converted to LEXUS, and is accessible to other researchers.
In March 2012, I started my NWO Veni project 'handy connection between signing and speaking'. The main aim of this project is twofold: To further disentangle the specifics of cross-language interactions evolving in bimodal bilingual children, and to relate the language use to a range of cognitive abilities.
ColTime stands for Collaboration on Time-Based Resources. The project added a functionality to ELAN and ANNEX whereby users can exchange time-aligned comments on annotation files without having to share the annotation file itself.
MultiCon stands for Multilayer concordance functions in ELAN and ANNEX. This CLARIN-NL Call 3 project expands the search functions in ELAN and ANNEX, focussing on the display of complex search results.