EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Combining Multi-Party Speech and Text Exchanges over the Internet

Niels Ole Bernsen, Laila Dybkjśr

University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Bilateral or group text chatting over the Internet has become a favoured pastime for many people across the world. Yet it would seem that, in general, text chat is a severely impoverished mode of on-line communication compared to, e.g., fully situated human-human spoken conversation, video conferencing, or even speaking over the telephone. This paper explores what happens when on-line multi-speaker conversation over the Internet is added to text chat, creating what may become a widespread mode of communication in near future. The system used is called Magic Lounge. The paper presents rather clear-cut results on the respective communicative roles of speech and text chat from a series of user tests with the system in which different groups of users performed scenarios designed to explore the combined use of text chat and speech. The results reported may generalise to a wide range of applications which combine text and spoken information representation.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Bernsen, Niels Ole / Dybkjśr, Laila (2001): "Combining multi-party speech and text exchanges over the internet", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 1189-1192.