Visualizing conversation


0. Visualizing conversation
0.1 Some thoughts

Goodwin’s paper give me an insight of how our bodies work cooperatively during our communications, and how our gestures, postures and speeches affect the messages we want to convey. To visualize a conversation or to do a conversational analysis, we need to scrutinize the balance between these factors over numerous contextual changes in spatial and verbal aspects.

We response to these changes reflexively. Small gestures, body orientations, the time of silence, the spatial difference and the utterance are all examples of the factors that can bring us a hint of this instinctive awareness. In essence, my concept of the following conversation visualizations is a process of depicting those significant factors that lead to a contextual change collaboratively.


1. Visualizing a real world conversation
1.1 Structure

1: Material world

2: Verbal context / physical context

3,4: Person
– size: speech duration
– shape: gesture
– position: proximity
– inner pink circle: voice intensity / intonation

5: Orientation / eye contact


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