A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

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Archive for January, 2007

iPhone: Add a Touch of Gesture

I can not buy my iPhone yet They tell me it may come in June A Zune perhaps I’ll buy instead? Or sing along with Apple’s Tune?

The iPhone user interface is a fabulous piece of design as one might expect. They got many details right which is harder than it looks. And the screen space [...]

Sutton-Spence Unravels Sign Language Poetry

For those of you who want to know more about sign language poetry:

Rachel Sutton-Spence wrote a book (2004) with Paddy Ladd and Gillian Rudd on the topic (source - Amazon).
Can’t be bothered to get the book?
There is also a good analysis (28-page pdf) of sign language poetry available online by the same [...]

Sign Language Music Video of Zombie

There is a wonderful sign language video of the song Zombie on YouTube.
I started a collection of other Sign Language Poetic Performances around it.

Seeing these videos strengthen my opinion that the poetic mechanisms available in sign language are quite rich and not all available in written, spoken, or sung language.

Fidgeting is to Gesture as ‘Ehm’ is to Speech?

Some people are actively interested in the stuff I am doing in my PhD studies, or at least they ask me questions about it. I usually tell them about my first experiment. That experiment was entirely about the difference between meaningless movements I call fidgeting and meaningful gestures, in this case sign language signs.

“Press the [...]

Fidgeting is to Gesture as ‘Ehm’ is to Speech?

Some people are actively interested in the stuff I am doing in my PhD studies, or at least ask me questions about it. I usually tell them about my first experiment. That experiment was entirely about the difference between meaningless movements I call fidgeting and meaningful gestures, in this case sign language signs.

“Press the spacebar [...]

Nelson Goodman on Labanotation

In his book (1ed. 1969) Languages of Art, Nelson Goodman treats Labanotation as the most important dance notation system. It gets a thorough examination based on Goodman’s theory of symbol sytems. All in all Goodman considers Labanotation a fairly succesfull notational system, comparable to a music score.

Unfortunately, the philosophical concepts Goodman uses in his book [...]

Sign Language Poetry and Theatre from Draadloos

I went to a cultural event today. There was poetry, there was music and even a short play. But the reason I went there was because someone pointed out to me that there was going to be sign language poetry. I have seen some signed poems in videos at Slope and ASL Quest, and even [...]

MS13 and other Gangs’ Gestures

In the long winter night I wasted an hour on watching a documentary on an American gang called MS13, or Mara Salvatrucha. The entire documentary reeks of US-style fear mongering and is not recommendable. But at some point a girl called Brenda Paz started explaining some of the gestures, or hand signals, of the gang. [...]

Demo Video Visicast

As an illustration of the use of sign language synthesis this video was made for the Visicast project:

(More videos are available on the Visicast site)
It is a combination of speech recognition, automatic translation and sign language synthesis. The avatar is Tessa. Unfortunately, it does not work the other way. So, if the signer needs [...]

Grammar, Gesture, and Meaning in ASL

I recently read (or glanced through parts) of the 2003 book by Scott K. Liddell: Grammar, Gesture, and Meaning in American Sign Language

The main message of the book is one that I would have found trivial if I did not know anything about linguistics. It must take a linguist to surprise a linguist, I guess. [...]

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