On September 21st, University Bielefeld will host the first general assembly of the Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure (CLARIN) working group "Speech and other Modalities" - coordinated by Prof. Stefan Kopp (Bielefeld). The meeting marks the start of a one-year collaboration with Bielefeld University, the Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen and the the Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals. With Motion-Capture recordings of Julius Hassemer's Dissertation study, Natural Media will contribute the sole 3D-motion-data corpus of the working group.
CLARIN addresses the challenges of building corpora that contain speech and other paraverbal or nonverbal modalities (intonation, amplitude, gesture, facial expression, body posture, etc.). Multimodal data corpora need to capture the specific features of the different modalities and, in addition, need to make explicit the important intermodal structures and relationships.
Please find more information on www.clarin-d.org.