tuniSigner is a free website that gives you a good opportunity to learn how read and write Sign Languages in SignWriting. It is designed to help novice users, especially those who are deaf or hearing impaired, to understand and interact with SignWriting notations through a 3D virtual signer able to reproduce the exact gestures represented within the sign language transcription. Showing how the transcribed gestures should be performed in virtual reality will be of paramount importance to them.
This work forms a part of the WebSign project which is concerned with developing web based applications and tools to make information accessible for people with hearing disabilities. So, if you would like to find out more about SignWriting and how use it, you can browse our website and visit recommended links in order to gain a better understanding of this fantastic notation.
SignWriting is a practical system for writing sign languages. It was invented in 1974 at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark by Valerie Sutton, a professional ballet dancer and the inventor of DanceWriting system for recording dance choreography.
Sutton system relies on highly iconic symbols representing hand shapes, palm orientations, facial expressions, body parts and various indications of motion and contact. These glyphs are combined spatially on two-dimensional canvases to form individual signs as they are visually perceived.
We believe that there are many users are unfamiliar with SignWriting system. For this reason, we aim via tuniSigner to provide the support they need to master the different symbols and characteristics governing this notation system. Here you will find a multilingual dictionary that includes more than 1000 signs of American Sign language (ASL), French Sign Language (FSL), and Tunisian Sign Language (TSL). Search the sign you want to learn, click and the virtual agent will demonstrate the 3D signing animation that corresponds to its SignWriting notation. For signs that are not included in the dictionary, post a message telling us the signs you want and we will try to add them. Please Contact Us
In order to visualize signs, you should download and install WSPlayer plugin. WSPlayer is an add-on to your browser which allows you to read sign language streams.
MemoSign is a learning version of a well known card game called memory match game. It federates the use of avatar technology and the sign language written system SignWriting. Through the use of this game, learning SignWriting notations would become more enjoyable and extremely interesting. More than just play, MemoSign could be an effective way to impart knowledge and teach how read and write in sign language.
Al Bayen is a web-based application which offers not only a sign language translation for surat Al Fatiha and Al Ikhlas, but also an explanation of the meaning behind them. The specificity of this application consists basically in using SignWriting to provide a finger-spelling transcription for the Quran text and also a written description of their meaning in deaf language. To facilitate the learning process of these transcriptions and stimulate the motivation and the reflection of Deaf users, Al Bayen integrates an animated signing avatar that provides a visual-gestural interpretation to the learner in sign language.
Mohamed Jemni is a Professor of ICT and Educational Technologies at the University of Tunis. He joined the ALECSO organization as the Director of the ICT department and he is the chairman of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technology & Accessibility (ICTA).
Yosra Bouzid is a PhD student working under the supervision of Prof. Mohamed Jemni, and a member of the Research Laboratory LaTICE. Her research interests lie in the areas of Technology enhanced learning, Assitive technology and Sign Language Processing.