The American Sign Language Linguistic Research Project involves researchers from these three universities, working together on the syntax of ASL. In addition, in collaboration with Dartmouth College, we are developing a tool called SignStream for the coding and analysis of video-based data.
A number of reports and doctoral dissertations are now available in portable document format (pdf) and can be downloaded from the project's website:
Bahan, B. (1996) "Non-Manual Realization of Agreement in American Sign Language." Doctoral Dissertation, Boston University, Boston, MA.
MacLaughlin, D. (1997) "The Structure of Determiner Phrases: Evidence from American Sign Language." Doctoral Dissertation, Boston University, Boston, MA.
MacLaughlin, D., C. Neidle, and R.G. Lee (1996) "Design Specifications for SignStream, A Multimedia Database Tool for Language Research." ASLLRP Report No. 3.
Neidle, C., D. MacLaughlin, B. Bahan, R.G. Lee, and J. Kegl (1997) "The SignStream Project." ASLLRP Report No. 5.
Neidle, C., D. MacLaughlin, J. Kegl, and B. Bahan (1996) "Non-Manual Correlates of Syntactic Agreement in American Sign Language." ASLLRP Report No. 2.
*Note that digitized movies demonstrating the grammatical examples are provided.
Neidle, C., D. MacLaughlin, and R.G. Lee, eds. (1997) Syntactic Structure and Discourse Function: An Examination of Two Constructions in American Sign Language. ASLLRP Report No. 4. [Contents: Hoza, Neidle, MacLaughlin, Kegl, and Bahan, "A Unified Syntactic Account of Rhetorical Questions in American Sign Language"; and Lee, Neidle, MacLaughlin, Bahan, and Kegl, "Role Shift in ASL: A Syntactic Look at Direct Speech."]
With respect to the SignStream project http://www.bu.edu/ASLLRP/SignStream, we would be especially interested to receive feedback as to features that potential users (linguists working with video-based data) might find useful, to assist us with ongoing design and development.