Dominance Signals in Debates

  • Isabella Poggi
  • Francesca D’Errico
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6219)


The paper analyzes the signals of dominance in different modalities displayed during TV talk shows and debates. Dominance is defined, according to a model in terms of goals and beliefs, as a person’s having more power than others. A scheme is presented for the annotation of signals of dominance in political debates: based on the analysis of videotaped data, a typology is proposed of strategies to convey dominance, and the corresponding signals are overviewed. Strategies range from the aggressive ones of imperiousness, judgement, invasion, norm violation and defiance, to the more subtle touchiness and victimhood, ending up with haughtiness, irony and ridicule, easiness, carelessness and assertiveness.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabella Poggi
    • 1
  • Francesca D’Errico
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze dell’EducazioneUniversità Roma TreRomaItaly

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