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Gesture, Speech, and Sign$
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Lynn Messing and Ruth Campbell

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524519.001.0001

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Embodied conversational agents: a new paradigm for the study of gesture and for human—computer interface

Embodied conversational agents: a new paradigm for the study of gesture and for human—computer interface

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Gesture, Speech, and Sign
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Justine Cassell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524519.003.0011

This chapter discusses ‘embodied conversational agents’ as a way of modeling human gesture–speech behaviour, and as a way of creating a new paradigm for human–computer interaction. In terms of the first goal, it provides evidence that gesture and speech are different communicative manifestations of one single mental representation by attempting to model the interaction between them. Research on the relationship between gesture and speech has been difficult to evaluate because of its descriptive basis. One way to move from descriptive to predictive theories is via formal models, which point up gaps in knowledge and fuzziness in theoretical explanations.

Keywords:   embodied conversational agents, human gesture, speech behaviour, human–computer interaction, mental representation, simulation, human behaviour

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