Discourse Topic and Gestural Form

  title={Discourse Topic and Gestural Form},
  author={Jacob Eisenstein and Regina Barzilay and Randall Davis},
Coverbal gesture provides a channel for the visual expression of ideas. While some gestural emblems have culturally predefined forms (e.g., “thumbs up”), the relationship between gesture and meaning is, in general, not conventionalized. It is natural to ask whether such gestures can be interpreted in a speaker-independent way, or whether gestural form is determined by the speaker’s idiosyncratic view of the discourse topic. We address this question using an audiovisual dataset across multiple… CONTINUE READING

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