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Introducing DRS (The Digital Replay System): A tool for the future of Corpus Linguistic research and analysis

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dawn Knight


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The paper highlights the outcomes of a specific ‘driver project’ hosted by DReSS (the ESRC funded Digital Records for eSocial Science project), which sought to combine the knowledge of linguists and the expertise of computer scientists in the construction of the multi-modal (MM hereafter) corpus software: the Digital Replay System (DRS). DRS presents ‘data’ in three different modes, as spoken (audio), video and textual records of real-life interactions, accurately aligning them within a functional, searchable corpus setting (known as the Nottingham Multi-Modal Corpus: NMMC herein). The DRS environment therefore allows for the exploration of the lexical, prosodic and gestural features of conversation and how they interact in everyday speech. Further to this, the paper introduces a computer vision based gesture recognition system which has been constructed to allow for the detection and preliminary codification of gesture sequences. This gesture tracking system can be imported into DRS to enable an automated approach to the analysis of MM datasets.

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Author(s): Knight D, Tennent P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

Year of Conference: 2008


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