Modeling Co-Verbal Gesture Perception in Type Theory with Records
Citation: Proceedings of the 2016 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, M. Ganzha, L. Maciaszek, M. Paprzycki (eds). ACSIS, Vol. 8, pages 383–392 (2016)
Abstract. In natural language face to face communication interlocutors exploit manifold non-verbal information resources, most notably hand and arm movements, i.e. gestures. In this paper, a type-theoretical approach using Type Theory with Records is introduced which accounts for iconic gestures within an information state update semantics. Iconic gesture are semantically exploited in two steps: firstly, their kinetic representations are mapped onto vector sequence representations from vector space semantics, modeling a perceptual gesture classification; secondly, these vectorial representation are linked to linguistic predicates giving rise to a computational account to semantic-kinematic interfaces. Each of the steps involves reasoning processes, which are made explicit. The resulting framework shows how various resources have to be integrated in the update mechanism in order to deal with apparently simple multimodal utterances.
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