Multimodal Behaviours in Comparable Danish and Polish Human-Human Triadic Spontaneous Interactions

  • Costanza Navarretta
  • Magdalena Lis
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8511)


This is a pilot study of multimodal behaviours in manually annotated comparable video recordings of Danish and Polish triadic naturally occurring conversations. The data are comparable with respect to the conversational settings, the familiarity degree, age and gender of the participants. Furthermore, they have been annotated according to the same annotation scheme following common coding strategies. The analysis of the annotations indicates that although the conversations in the two languages differ in content, Danes and Poles use the same type of head movements and with the same frequency. In both datasets the most common facial expressions are laughter and smile, however, facial expressions are much more frequent in the Polish data than in the Danish data. Furthermore, the facial expressions in the Polish data are often used as feedback signals to the interlocutors while the Danes use facial expression to comment their own spoken contribution. Finally, the Danes use more frequently hand gestures than the Poles and their hand gestures have a deictic function while the hand gestures of the Poles are iconic. The differences in the behaviours in the two corpora can partly depend on the language, but is also due to the type of relationship between the participants and the content of the conversations.


Multimodal Corpora Multilinguality Human-human Interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Costanza Navarretta
    • 1
  • Magdalena Lis
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagen SDenmark

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