Paper: Translating Italian connectives into Italian Sign Language

ACL ID P13-1027
Title Translating Italian connectives into Italian Sign Language
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2013

We present a corpus analysis of how Ital- ian connectives are translated into LIS, the Italian Sign Language. Since corpus re- sources are scarce, we propose an align- ment method between the syntactic trees of the Italian sentence and of its LIS trans- lation. This method, and clustering ap- plied to its outputs, highlight the differ- ent ways a connective can be rendered in LIS: with a corresponding sign, by affect- ing the location or shape of other signs, or being omitted altogether. We translate these findings into a computational model that will be integrated into the pipeline of an existing Italian-LIS rendering system. Initial experiments to learn the four possi- ble translations with Decision Trees give promising results.