Speech Prosody 2010
Chicago, IL, USA
Research on discourse segmentation frequently involves the identification of certain cues in the various dimensions of text, speech, and gesture. Advances in automated segmentation models and algorithms have been achieved when these cues are taken into consideration. For gestures in particular, it must be observed that their presence and function as cues for discourse boundaries are both genre- and speaker-dependent. This study uses a recorded lecture to investigate whether speaker gestures can reliably predict the presence or absence of a discourse boundary and whether native speakers are able to make use of such a cue in isolation from others.
Index Terms: discourse segmentation, boundary cues, gestures
Bibliographic reference. Chandlee, Jane / Veilleux, Nanette (2010): "Gestural cues of discourse segmentation", In SP-2010, paper 886.