Brief course on ELAN to be offered 1 weekend in early March

Message from Julie Hochgesang, Instructor at the ASL and Deaf Studies Department:

I wanted to let you know that I will be teaching a weekend-long course in the beginning of March (March 3 to March 4). This course is about transcription practices in signed language research with an emphasis on training in ELAN, a transcription software commonly used to transcribed signed language videos. This program can be a bit difficult to learn at first without some guidance, hence the rationale for a course.

The first part will start off with a discussion of transcription practices in signed language research leading to practical training on the use of ELAN. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops and movies. Completion of the course will get participants off to a great start in feeling comfortable using ELAN to transcribe their signed language data. Using ELAN can be useful to educators, interpreters, deaf studies scholars, and those with an interest in signed language research for quite a few things – creating transcripts of movies which can result in captioned movies, word (sign) lists, quantitative and qualitative data, and so on.

The link to the course description and schedule is this and this. Please share this information to those who you think will be interested in taking this class. And, of course, do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Thank you,


p.s. In case the links break, these are the urls:
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Course description –

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