Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Gestural Cues of Discourse Segmentation

Jane Chandlee (1), Nanette Veilleux (2)

(1) Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA
(2) Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Simmons College, Boston, MA, 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

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Chandlee, Jane / Veilleux, Nanette (2010): "Gestural cues of discourse segmentation", In SP-2010, paper 886.