Context Analysis of Universal Communication through Local Sign Languages Applying Multivariate Analysis

  • Naotsune Hosono
  • Hiromitsu Inoue
  • Yuji Nagashima
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6180)


This paper discusses universal communication with ICONs or pictograms in the field of assistive technology (AT) with human centred design (HCD) and context analysis by Persona model. Typical two personas are created as a deaf person in an emergency and a travelling woman from Hongkong. Then scenarios like diary are written and about 40 words are selected as minimum communication words in the dialogue. Several local sign languages of related selected words are referred in order to investigate universal signs. For this purpose a sensory evaluation method with multivariate analysis is applied. The outcome is plotted on one plane with relationships of subjects and samples of several local sign languages. Through proposed method by sensory evaluation, the relationship between fundamental words and local sign languages are initially explained.


assistive technology (AT) human centred design (HCD) context of use Persona model sign language 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naotsune Hosono
    • 1
  • Hiromitsu Inoue
    • 2
  • Yuji Nagashima
    • 3
  1. 1.Oki Consulting Solutions Co., Ltd.TokyoJapan
  2. 2.Chiba Prefectural University of Health Sciences 
  3. 3.Kogakuin University 

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