• Argument Structure of Classifier Predicates : Canonical and Non-canonical Mappings in Four Sign Languages 

      Kimmelman, Vadim; De Lint, Vanja; De Vos, Connie; Oomen, Marloes; Pfau, Roland; Vink, Lianne; Aboh, Enoch (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019-08-08)
      We analyze argument structure of whole-entity and handling classifier predicates in four sign languages (Russian Sign Language, Sign Language of the Netherlands, German Sign Language, and Kata Kolok) using parallel datasets ...
    • Argument structure of classifier predicates in Russian Sign Language 

      Kimmelman, Vadim; Pfau, Roland; Aboh, Enoch (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019-04-03)
      We analyze classifier predicates in Russian Sign Language (RSL) using a combination of naturalistic corpus and elicited data in order to determine their argument structure, and to test the generalization, based on research ...
    • Automatic Classification of Handshapes in Russian Sign Language 

      Mukushev, Medet; Imashev, Alfarabi; Kimmelman, Vadim; Sandygulova, Anara (Chapter, 2020)
      Handshapes are one of the basic parameters of signs, and any phonological or phonetic analysis of a sign language must account for handshapes. Many sign languages have been carefully analysed by sign language linguists to ...
    • Body-anchored verbs and argument omission in two sign languages 

      Oomen, Marloes; Kimmelman, Vadim (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019-03-26)
      Using quantitative methods, we analyze naturalistic corpus data in two sign languages, German Sign Language and Russian Sign Language, to study subject-omission patterns. We find that, in both languages, the interpretation ...
    • Evaluation of Manual and Non-manual Components for Sign Language Recognition 

      Mukushev, Medet; Sabyrov, Arman; Imashev, Alfarabi; Koishibay, Kenessary; Kimmelman, Vadim; Sandygulova, Anara (Chapter, 2020)
      The motivation behind this work lies in the need to differentiate between similar signs that differ in non-manual components present in any sign. To this end, we recorded full sentences signed by five native signers and ...
    • Eyebrow position in grammatical and emotional expressions in Kazakh-Russian Sign Language: A quantitative study 

      Kimmelman, Vadim; Imashev, Alfarabi; Mukushev, Medet; Sandygulova, Anara (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2020-06)
      Facial expressions in sign languages are used to express grammatical functions, such as question marking, but can also be used to express emotions (either the signer’s own or in constructed action contexts). Emotions and ...
    • Information structure: theoretical perspectives 

      Kimmelman, Vadim; Pfau, Roland (Chapter, 2021)
      This chapter discusses the terminology commonly used in the information structure literature: in particular, topic, focus, contrast, and emphasis. An important component of our discussion is the impact of the visual-gestural ...
    • K-RSL: a Corpus for Linguistic Understanding, Visual Evaluation, and Recognition of Sign Languages 

      Imashev, Alfarabi; Mukushev, Medet; Kimmelman, Vadim; Sandygulova, Anara (Chapter, 2020)
      The paper presents the first dataset that aims to serve interdisciplinary purposes for the utility of computer vision community and sign language linguistics. To date, a majority of Sign Language Recognition (SLR) approaches ...
    • Lexical expression of time in Russian Sign Language 

      Burkova, Svetlana; Filimonova, Elizaveta; Kimmelman, Vadim; Kopylova, Viktoriia; Semushina, Nina (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019)
      We studied lexical expressions of time in Russian Sign Language (RSL). We collected lexical signs describing a variety of time-related concepts produced by fifteen RSL signers from different regions. We then analyzed ...
    • Quantification: theoretical perspectives 

      Kimmelman, Vadim; Quer, Josep (Chapter, 2021)
      The study of quantificational expressions is one of the central domains in the field of natural language semantics. Probably every language has means of expressing quantification, but quantifiers in natural languages are ...
    • Transitivity prominence within and across modalities 

      Börstell, Carl; Jantunen, Tommi; Kimmelman, Vadim; De Lint, Vanja; Mesch, Johanna; Oomen, Marloes (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019-12-31)
      We investigate transitivity prominence of verbs across signed and spoken languages, based on data from both valency dictionaries and corpora. Our methodology relies on the assumption that dictionary data and corpus-based ...