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Chronicles: Supporting Conversational Narrative in Alternative and Augmentative Communication

  • Annalu Waller
  • Rachel Menzies
  • Daniel Herron
  • Suzanne Prior
  • Rolf Black
  • Thilo Kroll
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8118)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Personal narrative Social identity Accessibility Assistive technology Disability 

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Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Annalu Waller
    • 1
  • Rachel Menzies
    • 1
  • Daniel Herron
    • 1
  • Suzanne Prior
    • 1
  • Rolf Black
    • 1
  • Thilo Kroll
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ComputingUK
  2. 2.School of Nursing and MidwiferyUniversity of DundeeDundeeScotland, United Kingdom

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