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Title:
Exploring Sounded and Silent Laughter in Multiparty Task-based and Social Interaction - Audio; Video and Biometric Signals
Author:
Emer Gilmartin: Speech Communications Lab, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Shannon Hennig: PAVIS Group, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy Ryad Chellali: PAVIS Group, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy Nick Campbell: Speech Communications Lab, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
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Year:
2014
Conference:
Proceedings from the 1st European Symposium on Multimodal Communication University of Malta; Valletta; October 17-18; 2013
Issue:
101
Article no.:
003
Pages:
17-27
No. of pages:
11
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2014-06-24
ISBN:
978-91-7519-266-6
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Series:
NEALT Proceedings Series
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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We report on our explorations of laughter in multiparty spoken interaction. Laughter is universally observed in human interaction. It is multimodal in nature: a stereotyped exhalation from the mouth in conjunction with rhythmic head and body movement. Predominantly occurring in company rather than solo; it is believed to aid social bonding. Spoken interaction is widely studied through corpus analysis; often concentrating on ‘taskbased’ interactions such as information gap activities and real or staged business meetings. Task-based interactions rely heavily on verbal information exchange while the immediate task in natural conversation is social bonding. We investigate laughter in situ in task-based and social interaction; using corpora of non-scripted (spontaneous) multiparty interaction: the task-oriented AMI meetings corpus; and the conversational TableTalk; and D-ANS corpora. We outline extension of previous work on laughter and topic change; describe the collection of natural social spoken interaction in the DANS corpus including audio-visual and biosignals; and describe an annotation experiment on multimodal aspects of laughter. We discuss the results and signal current and future research directions.

Keywords: Laughter; conversation analysis; social conversation; multimodal communication

Proceedings from the 1st European Symposium on Multimodal Communication University of Malta; Valletta; October 17-18; 2013

Author:
Emer Gilmartin, Shannon Hennig, Ryad Chellali, Nick Campbell
Title:
Exploring Sounded and Silent Laughter in Multiparty Task-based and Social Interaction - Audio; Video and Biometric Signals
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Proceedings from the 1st European Symposium on Multimodal Communication University of Malta; Valletta; October 17-18; 2013

Author:
Emer Gilmartin, Shannon Hennig, Ryad Chellali, Nick Campbell
Title:
Exploring Sounded and Silent Laughter in Multiparty Task-based and Social Interaction - Audio; Video and Biometric Signals
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