Vocal turn-taking patterns in groups of children performing collaborative tasks: an exploratory study

Jaebok Kim, Khiet P. Truong, Vasiliki Charisi, Cristina Zaga, Manja Lohse, Dirk Heylen, Vanessa Evers

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    Abstract

    Since children (5-9 years old) are still developing their emotional and social skills, their social interactional behaviors in small groups might differ from adults' interactional behaviors. In order to develop a robot that is able to support children performing collaborative tasks in small groups, it is necessary to gain a better understanding of how children interact with each other. We were interested in investigating vocal turn-taking patterns as we expect these to reveal relations to collaborative and conflict behaviors, especially with children behaviors as previous literature suggests. To that end, we collected an audiovisual corpus of children performing collaborative tasks together in groups of three. Through automatic turn-taking analyses, our results showed that speaker changes with overlaps are more common than without overlaps and children seemed to show smoother turn-taking patterns, i.e., less frequent and longer lasting speaker changes, during collaborative than conflict behaviors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationINTERSPEECH 2015
    Subtitle of host publication16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association
    PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
    Pages1645-1649
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015
    Event16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2015 - Dresden, Germany
    Duration: 6 Sep 201510 Sep 2015
    Conference number: 16
    http://interspeech2015.org/

    Publication series

    NameINTERSPEECH : Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association
    PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
    Volume2015
    ISSN (Print)1990-9772

    Conference

    Conference16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2015
    Abbreviated titleINTERSPEECH
    CountryGermany
    CityDresden
    Period6/09/1510/09/15
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/610532
    • Nonverbal behaviors
    • Children speech
    • Social signal processing

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