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On Factoring Out a Gesture Typology from the Bielefeld Speech-and-Gesture-Alignment Corpus (SAGA)

  • Hannes Rieser
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5934)

Abstract

The paper is based on the Bielefeld Speech-And-Gesture-Alignment corpus (SAGA). From this corpus one video film is taken to establish a typological grid for iconic and referring gesture types, i.e. a multiple inheritance hierarchy of types proceeding from single gestural features like hand shape to sequences of entities filling up the whole gesture space. Types are mapped onto a partial ontology specifying their respective meaning. Multi-modal meaning is generated via linking verbal meaning and gestural meaning. How verbal and gestural meaning interface is shown with an example using a quantified NP. It is argued that gestural meaning extends the restriction of the original quantified NP. On the other hand it is shown that gestural meaning is not strong enough to resolve the underspecification of the lexical information.

Keywords

SAGA corpus iconic gesture gesture typology partial ontology speech-gesture interface 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hannes Rieser
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  1. 1.Bielefeld University 

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