Swedish Sign Language Corpus, version 1

SND-ID: ext0409-1.

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Johanna Mesch - Stockholm University, Department of Linguistics orcid

Lars Wallin - Stockholm University, Department of Linguistics orcid

Anna-Lena Nilsson - Stockholm University, Department of Linguistics orcid

Brita Bergman - Stockholm University, Department of Linguistics orcid

Research principal

Stockholm University - Department of Linguistics rorId


The Swedish Sign Language Corpus includes recordings and documentation of sign language texts, produced by Swedish Sign Language signers.

The corpus material is freely available via the web-based corpus tool STS corpus, for use in teaching, research, and sign language lexicography. By logging in, additional material and files are available.

Data contains personal data


Method and outcome

Sampling procedure

During 2009-2011, recordings of 42 informants aged between 20 and 82 from different regions in Sweden were made. The recordings consist of a number of free conversations and storytelling, as well as retellings of “Frog, where are you?” and “The Snow Man”, some comic strips and comedies.

Time period(s) investigated

2009-01-01 – 2011-12-31

Data format / data structure

Data collection
Language resources

Resource type


Foreseen use

NLP application

Video corpus

  • Linguality

  • Language

    • Swedish Sign Language (swl)

  • Modality

    Sign Language
  • Size

    Hours: 24

  • Annotation

    • Other

      Manual annotation

      Annotated elements: Other

  • Naturality

  • Conversational type

  • Subtitles or captions

  • Description of video content

    Samtal, berättelser, eliciterade berättelser
  • Recording environment

  • Recording software

    Tre studiokameror av hög kvalitet och två bevakningskameror på taket
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of Linguistics


  • Funding agency: Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation rorId
  • Funding agency's reference number: In2008-0276-1-IK
Topic and keywords

Research area

Humanities and the arts (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Languages and literature (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Media, communication and language (CESSDA Topic Classification)


Sign language


Mesch, J. (2015). Svensk teckenspråkskorpus - dess tillkomst och uppbyggnad (Forskning om teckenspråk XXIV). Avdelningen för teckenspråk, Institutionen för lingvistik, Stockholms universitet, 1-25.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123713

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