South African Sign Language Assistive Translation

L. van Zijl and G. Olivrin (South Africa)


Human-computer interface, machine translation, natural language processing, sign language.


We describe a novel approach and practical solution to an interactive sign language machine translation system from English to South African Sign Language. We interface the system with the GNApp application, which is an augmen tative and alternative communication front-end, in order to resolve word sense ambiguities. This enhances the correct ness of the rule-based translation system. We also argue that the GNApp interface can be applied to assist the South African Sign Language to English translation, without the need for a visual sign language recognition component.

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