DATA Mining – A Social Scientist’s Tools: ELAN and Praat


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If one considers doing serious field and/or ethnographic work in social, interactional and behavioural sciences, one should consider getting acquainted with the softwares Elan developed by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (MPI Nijmegen henceforth), and Praat by (Boersma and Weenink, 2014). In my doctoral … Continue reading

‘The Composite Semiotics of Repair’ – Updates on Methodology

During my PhD research↑ (.)
I transcribed sixTEen↑ hours of face-to-face interaction
for talk (.) errors (.) laughters=sniffs pauses (.)

facial expressions=gaze movements and voice qualia (.)
like PItch, fre:quency energy
(.) and their variations.

Mining human data is an extremely complex and painful exercise.  However I guess one can eventually reach a decent level of empirical precision and also get to contemplate a number of interesting insights on ‘errors’ and their propagation.

Albanese C. - form 'The Composite Semiotics of Interactional Repair' (All rights reserved)

Albanese C. – form ‘The Composite Semiotics of Interactional Repair’ (All rights reserved)

More to follow…

Thank You Note

I would like to thank DICA-lab, its IT Support and especially Prof. Dr. Charles Max for giving me the chance to host my research in this space.

In February 2015, I was awarded the title of Doctor of Science of Education from University of Luxembourg with a work in human ethology, social semiotics and evolutionary anthropology titled “The Composite Semiotics of Repair in French and Italian TV Debates“.

I would like to humbly thank the following scholars for being in my Defense Committee:

Dr. Charles Max, Dissertation Supervisor, Professor, Université du Luxembourg

Dr. Peter Gilles, Chairman, Professor, Université du Luxembourg

Dr. Steve Walsh, Vice Chairman, Professor, Newcastle University

Dr. Shanley AllenProfessor, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

Dr. Viviana GaballoProfessor, Università di Macerata

I would also like to also thank Pr. Dr. Nick Enfield for having engaged in the discussion of my work in its developmental phase. Very kindly, Nick invited me to the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen in 2012 and brilliantly organised a series of meetings to discuss this work when still underdeveloped. I would like to thank J. Barinova, H. Clark, C. DeVos, M. Dingemase, for their patience and because the talks I had with them were crucial to help me clarify methodological points in this work, that would otherwise be severely biased.

There is some work ongoing and I promise to give updates as often as possible. Thank you for reading this blog.