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LINGUIST List 23.2929

Wed Jul 04 2012

Diss: Compling/Discourse Analysis/Pragmatics/Text/Corpus Linguistics: Koutsombogera: 'Multimodality in TV interviews...'

Editor for this issue: Lili Xia <lxialinguistlist.org>

Date: 03-Jul-2012
From: Maria Koutsombogera <mkoutsilsp.gr>
Subject: Multimodality in TV interviews: Development and exploitation of multimedia corpora in the representation and modeling of multimodal communication
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Institution: University of Athens
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2012

Author: Maria Koutsombogera

Dissertation Title: Multimodality in TV interviews: Development and Exploitation of Multimedia Corpora in the Representation and Modeling of Multimodal Communication

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Dissertation Director:
Christoforos Charalambakis

Dissertation Abstract:

The research presented in this thesis explores the multimodal aspects
of communication in the genre of television interviews. Specifically, it
unfolds a cross‐disciplinary, corpus‐based approach on the
communicative role of the non‐verbal expressions (gestures, facial
expressions, body posture) employed by the interview participants and
their interplay with speech in terms of their contribution to the structure,
content and perception of a participant's message.

Taking into account previous and state‐of the‐art research on the
analysis of non‐verbal interaction, the thesis addresses both
methodological and research issues. The former deal with the
development of a multimodal corpus and the related design of an
appropriate coding scheme applied for the annotation of the data via a
computational tool catering for the handling of the audiovisual input
and the respective structured output format.

The resulting annotated corpus attestations are studied in detail in an
attempt to find evidence about their systematic role as well as to
explore non‐verbal communicative patterns through which the
speakers regulate their interaction. The analysis focuses on the
distribution and frequency of the various features, the classification of
non‐verbal expressions according to semiotic, semantic and pragmatic
criteria as well as their mapping to semantic equivalent and syntactic
constituents, shedding light to the detailed ways in which the linguistic
and the non‐verbal system interact in the effective, synchronised
communication of information. Furthermore, the thesis investigates the
effect of the situational and conversational setting of each interview, as
well as possible cross‐cultural diversities, on the interactional behavior
of the participants and their preferences. Finally, it concludes with
recommendations on the exploitation of the resulting research and
future work.

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