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Is There Any Hope for Developing Automated Translation Technology for Sign Languages? (2021)

Jantunen, T., Rousi, R., Rainò, P., Turunen, M., Moeen Valipoor, M., & García, N. (2021). Is There Any Hope for Developing Automated Translation Technology for Sign Languages?. In M. Hämäläinen, N. Partanen, & K. Alnajjar (Eds.), Multilingual Facilitation (pp. 61-73). Helsingin yliopisto. https://doi.org/10.31885/9789515150257.7

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All authors or editorsJantunen, Tommi; Rousi, Rebekah; Rainò, Päivi; Turunen, Markku; Moeen Valipoor, Mohammad; García, Narciso

Parent publicationMultilingual Facilitation

Parent publication editorsHämäläinen, Mika; Partanen, Niko; Alnajjar, Khalid



Publication year2021

Pages range61-73

Number of pages in the book313

PublisherHelsingin yliopisto

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/75259


This article discusses the prerequisites for the machine translation of sign languages. The topic is complex, including questions relating to technology, interaction design, linguistics and culture. At the moment, despite the affordances provided by the technology, automated translation between signed and spoken languages – or between sign languages – is not possible. The very need of such translation and its associated technology can also be questioned. Yet, we believe that contributing to the improvement of sign language detection, processing and even sign language translation to spoken languages in the future is a matter that should not be abandoned. However, we argue that this work should focus on all necessary aspects of sign languages and sign language user communities. Thus, a more diverse and critical perspective towards these issues is needed in order to avoid generalisations and bias that is often manifested within dominant research paradigms particularly in the fields of spoken language research and speech community.

Keywordssign languagetranslatingcomputer-assisted translationhuman-computer interaction

Free keywordsautomated sign language translation; machine translation; human computer interaction; interaction design

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2021

JUFO rating0

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