Swedish Sign Language as second language corpus

SND-ID: 2020-35

Description Data and documentation

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Johanna Mesch - Stockholm University, Department of Linguistics orcid

Krister Schönström - Stockholm University, Department of Linguistics orcid


The Swedish Sign Language as second language corpus includes video recordings and documentation of sign language texts, produced by adult hearing second language learners of Swedish Sign Language.
Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Stockholm University




  • Funding agency: Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation
  • Funding agency’s reference number: In2008-0276-1-IK
Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Ethics Review

Stockholm - Ref. 2013/1219-31/5


Sampling procedure

During 2013-2018, 38 hearing second language signers aged between 18 and 42 were recorded, with whom all were university students studying Swedish Sign Language. The recordings consist of a number of conversations based on interviews of varying levels and retellings of “Frog, where are you?” some comic strips and a clip from the short movie "The Plank". In addition, the corpus also consists of data from 9 deaf first language signers serving as control group data.

Time period(s) investigated


Language resources

Resource type


Foreseen use

NLP application

Video corpus

  • Linguality

  • Language

    • Swedish Sign Language (swl)

      Svenskt teckenspråk som andraspråk för hörande vuxna (other)

  • Modality

    Sign Language
  • Size

    Hours: 23:21

  • Naturality

  • Conversational type

  • Subtitles or captions

  • Description of video content

    Intervju, elicitering med hjälp av bilder och rörliga bilder
  • Recording environment

  • Recording software

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden


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Schönström, K., & Mesch, J. (2014). Use of nonmanuals by adult L2 signers in Swedish Sign Language – Annotating the nonmanuals. 6th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages : Beyond the Manual Channel, 153–156. http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107008
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107008

Mesch, J., & Schönström, K. (2018). From Design and Collection to Annotation of a Learner Corpus of Sign Language. 8th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Involving the Language Community : Proceedings, 121–126. http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157148
ISBN: 979-10-95546-01-6
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157148

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Swedish Sign Language as second language corpus


Schönström, K. & Mesch, J. (2018). Dataset. The project From speech to sign – learning Swedish Sign Language as a second language. Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University.

Data format / data structure


Time period(s) investigated





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Published: 2020-12-11
Last updated: 2021-03-29