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This paper is an exploration in the semantics and pragmatics of linguistic feedback, i.e., linguistic mechanisms which enable the participants in spoken interaction to exchange information about basic communicative functions, such as contact, perception, understanding, and attitudinal reactions to the communicated content. Special attention is given to the(More)
In natural communication, both speakers and listeners are active most of the time. While a speaker contributes new information, a listener gives feedback by producing unobtrusive (usually short) vocal or non-vocal bodily expressions to indicate whether he/she is able and willing to communicate, perceive, and understand the information, and what emotions and(More)
— As noted in a large number of studies in different fields (e.g. linguistics, psychology, sociolinguistics, etc.), the manner of interaction plays a key role in sharing information in communication. Discourse is an interactively developing activity between interlocutors, who express not only factual information in the form of spoken words but also their(More)
The communication of four children with autistic spectrum disorder was investigated when they were supplied with a speech-generating device (SGD) in three different activities in their home environment: mealtime, story reading and "sharing experiences of the preschool day". An activity based communication analysis, in which collective and individual(More)
1. INTRODUCTION 1 The development of pragmatics as an area of concern within linguistics has carried with it a growing interest in what really happens when we communicate linguistically. Especially, the nature of interaction in spoken language has come under increased scrutiny. In this study, we want to examine a range of spoken language phenomena which we(More)
This study describes the development of a test battery to assess high-level language function in Swedish and a description of the test performances of a group of 9 individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). The test battery included tasks such as repetition of long sentences, understanding of complicated logico-grammatical sentences, naming famous people,(More)
This paper presents the multimodal corpora that are being collected and annotated in the Nordic NOMCO project. The corpora will be used to study communicative phenomena such as feedback, turn management and sequencing. They already include video material for Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Estonian, and several social activities are represented. The data are(More)
This study studies how gestures (here defined in a wide sense, including all body movements which have a communicative function) are used for Own Communication Management (OCM), an interesting and not completely well described part of the language system. OCM concerns how a speaker continuously manages the planning and execution of his/her own communication(More)