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Title Falling silent, lost for words ... Tracing personal involvement in interviews with Dutch war veterans
Authors Henk van den Heuvel and Nelleke Oostdijk
Abstract In sources used in oral history research (such as interviews with eye witnesses), passages where the degree of personal emotional involvement is found to be high can be of particular interest, as these may give insight into how historical events were experienced, and what moral dilemmas and psychological or religious struggles were encountered. In a pilot study involving a large corpus of interview recordings with Dutch war veterans, we have investigated if it is possible to develop a method for automatically identifying those passages where the degree of personal emotional involvement is high. The method is based on the automatic detection of exceptionally large silences and filled pause segments (using Automatic Speech Recognition), and cues taken from specific n-grams. The first results appear to be encouraging enough for further elaboration of the method.
Topics Discourse Annotation, Representation and Processing, Emotion Recognition/Generation, Speech Resource/Database
Full paper Falling silent, lost for words ... Tracing personal involvement in interviews with Dutch war veterans
Bibtex @InProceedings{VANDENHEUVEL16.104,
  author = {Henk van den Heuvel and Nelleke Oostdijk},
  title = {Falling silent, lost for words ... Tracing personal involvement in interviews with Dutch war veterans},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016)},
  year = {2016},
  month = {may},
  date = {23-28},
  location = {Portoro┼ż, Slovenia},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Marko Grobelnik and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Helene Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  address = {Paris, France},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-9-1},
  language = {english}
 }
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