Signed Language Depiction as an Engine for Promoting Inclusion, Communication, and Translation (DEPICT) will investigate how depiction supports and enhances Norwegian sign language.
People use depictive gestures to support and enhance the "dictionary words" they use to communicate. This is true for both spoken and signed languages.
Depictions in signed languages happen within the sign-stream, not separately alongside the speech-stream like they do when speakers gesture at the same time they are speaking.
Because sign language depictions are "hidden" in the sign-stream they have often been ignored and their importance has been understated. DEPICT will investigate how depiction supports and enhances Norwegian sign language.
It includes six unique projects that touch on the many different language environments where Norwegian sign language is used.