Preliminary analysis of embodied interactions between science communicators and visitors based on a multimodal corpus of Japanese conversations in a science museum

Rui Sakaida, Ryosaku Makino, Mayumi Bono

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Abstract

This paper introduces preliminary analyses of embodied interactions, drawing on a multimodal corpus of Japanese conversations, which we video-recorded during scientific communications at a museum in Tokyo, the Miraikan. A comparison of similar cases extracted from our multimodal corpus shows both similarities and differences, not only in language use but also in bodily conduct in certain interactional sequences. We focus on a number of sequences, such as those where science communicators invite visitors to walk to the next exhibit, and our detailed analyses show that the practices of science communicators are context-free and context-sensitive interactional procedures, adapted and adjusted to the different situations communicators may encounter. After presenting our analyses, based on a corpus from a naturally occurring but partly controlled setting, we suggest that we can investigate both the generality and the situatedness of interactional practices. In the future, using such multimodal corpora, we will be able to both qualitatively and quantitatively analyze language use and non-verbal behaviors in situated activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
EditorsHitoshi Isahara, Bente Maegaard, Stelios Piperidis, Christopher Cieri, Thierry Declerck, Koiti Hasida, Helene Mazo, Khalid Choukri, Sara Goggi, Joseph Mariani, Asuncion Moreno, Nicoletta Calzolari, Jan Odijk, Takenobu Tokunaga
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Pages4036-4043
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9791095546009
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1
Event11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2018 - Miyazaki, Japan
Duration: 2018 May 72018 May 12

Publication series

NameLREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

Other

Other11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2018
CountryJapan
CityMiyazaki
Period18/5/718/5/12

Keywords

  • Embodied interaction
  • Multimodal corpus
  • Scientific communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Language and Linguistics

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    Sakaida, R., Makino, R., & Bono, M. (2019). Preliminary analysis of embodied interactions between science communicators and visitors based on a multimodal corpus of Japanese conversations in a science museum. In H. Isahara, B. Maegaard, S. Piperidis, C. Cieri, T. Declerck, K. Hasida, H. Mazo, K. Choukri, S. Goggi, J. Mariani, A. Moreno, N. Calzolari, J. Odijk, & T. Tokunaga (Eds.), LREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (pp. 4036-4043). (LREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation). European Language Resources Association (ELRA).