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Chronicles: supporting conversational narrative in alternative and augmentative communication

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction INTERACT 2013
Subtitle of host publication14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, Proceedings, Part II
EditorsPaula Kotzé, Gary Marsden, Gitte Lindgaard, Janet Wesson, Marco Winckler
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783642404801
ISBN (Print)9783642404795
StatePublished - 2013
Event14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference - Cape Town, South Africa

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NameLecture notes in computer science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference
Abbreviated titleINTERACT 2013
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Internet address


Individuals share experiences and build relationships through the medium of narrative. Lifelong personal narratives play a key role in developing social identity. Individuals with little or no functional speech due to severe speech and physical impairments (SSPI) find it difficult to share personal narrative as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems do not support interactive story telling. As a result, people with congenital SSPI who use AAC may not have learned the linguistic skills involved in sharing narratives. The Chronicles software was developed to support the sharing of personal narrative. Conversational analysis of a conversation using Chronicles illustrates how the system can support more natural conversations when using AAC.


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