Culture-Related Topic Selection in Small Talk Conversations across Germany and Japan

  • Birgit Endrass
  • Yukiko Nakano
  • Afia Akhter Lipi
  • Matthias Rehm
  • Elisabeth André
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6895)


Small talk can be used in order to build a positive relationship towards a virtual character. However the choice of topics in a conversation can be dependent on social background. In this paper, we explore culture-related differences in small talk for the German and Japanese cultures. Based on findings from the literature and verified by a corpus analysis, we integrated prototypical German and Japanese small talk conversations into a multiagent system. In evaluation studies conducted in the two target cultures, we investigated whether participants prefer agent dialogs that were designed to reflect their own cultural background.


Virtual Agents Culture Small Talk Topic Selection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Birgit Endrass
    • 1
  • Yukiko Nakano
    • 2
  • Afia Akhter Lipi
    • 2
  • Matthias Rehm
    • 3
  • Elisabeth André
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Centered MultimediaAugsburg UniversityAugsburgGermany
  2. 2.Dept. of Computer and Information ScienceSeikei UniversityMusashino-shiJapan
  3. 3.Department of Media TechnologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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