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Co-Speech Gesture


Term:

Fall

Department:

RLE: Research Lab for Electronics

Faculty Supervisor:

Stefanie Hufnagel

Faculty email:

sshuf@mit.edu

Apply by:

Sept 15

Contact:

sshuf@mit.edu

Project Description

Have you often noticed the gestures that people make when they talk? And wondered what their function is? This project studies co-speech gesture---the movements that speakers make with their hands, head, eyebrows, shoulders, torso etc. when they talk---and how those gestures line up with the prosody of the speech, (i.e. the phrasing and accentuation cued by changes in pitch and duration), and the overall discourse structure. You will learn to label the gestures and will participate in analysing the results to test hypotheses about the correlations among these different aspects of communication. This is an opportunity for research engagement---we will value your input and will encourage you to work on the hypotheses you develop. The successful applicant will be someone who works carefully and understands the long-term value of accurate and well-organized data. Experience with manipulating visual and auditory recordings is desireable but not required; we can train you. Available for credit or pay ($13.50/hour); 10 hours/week commitment; contact Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, Speech Communication Group, sshuf@mit.edu.

Pre-requisites

Experience with manipulating visual and auditory recordings is desireable but not required; we can train you.