Observations on Listener Responses from Multiple Perspectives

I.A. de Kok, Dirk K.J. Heylen

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    In this paper we present three studies that investigate the individual differences in nonverbal listening behavior. Besides collecting a corpus of listener responses, we asked people to watch a video of a speaker and indicate where they would produce a listener response. Also we asked people to judge the appropriateness of listener responses that we generated using a virtual human. The combination of the multiple perspectives collected in these studies provides us with a rich data set in which different types of response opportunities are distinguishable. There are moments where there is high agreement between these multiple perspectives that a listener response is appropriate or inappropriate, moments where a listener response is controversial and moments neither a response was given nor a response was judged inappropriate (neutral). We will show that different contextual characteristics can be used to discriminate these response opportunities. Observations show relations to sentence structure, conversational structure and proximity of earlier responses.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication
    Place of PublicationTartu, Estonia
    PublisherNorthern European Association for Language Technology
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)1736-6305
    Publication statusPublished - May 2011
    Event3rd Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication - Helsinki, Finland
    Duration: 27 May 201128 May 2011

    Publication series

    NameNEALT Proceedings Series
    PublisherNorthern European Association for Language Technology
    ISSN (Print)1736-6305


    Conference3rd Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication
    Other27-28 May 2011


    • METIS-284984
    • HMI-IA: Intelligent Agents
    • EWI-21222
    • IR-79320

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