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50525-01 - Seminar: The English Language and Embodiment in Human-Computer Interaction 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Steven Elijah Duman (steve.duman@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Language and gesture are playing an increasingly critical role in our everyday interactions with computers. We have speech recognition interfaces on our phones and in our homes, such as Siri and Alexa, and we have devices and wearables that track our nuanced gestures, from the Fitbit to the wearable Levi jacket.

With this increase in functionality and daily integration comes a wide range of questions with regard to language, embodiment, and human-computer interaction, most of which remain largely unanswered. For example, does our language reveal our perceptions of human-like interfaces like Siri and Alexa? To what extent do such interfaces influence our language, cognition, and behavior? What are some linguistic pitfalls that people encounter when engaging with these products? How can these devices be better designed to align with our natural linguistic and physical behaviors?

This class aims to examine these questions by bridging the fields of Linguistics, Cognitive Science, and Human-Computer Interaction and demonstrate the insights to be gained from examining:

(1) The language and embodied strategies people use to describe interactions with human-like interfaces (e.g., voice user interfaces, robots, etc.)
(2) The impact of such interfaces on human language, cognition, and behavior
(3) Techniques or design decisions that could help improve these interfaces

Importantly, this is not a course in which we write programs that process natural language. Rather, it presumes that such technology is advanced enough that it has an impact on our perceptions and behaviors, and we will develop scientific approaches to observing and understanding that impact.
Lernziele (1) Examine the landscape of language and gesture-based interfaces and devices
(2) Learn about cutting-edge research bridging the domains of Linguistics, Cognitive Science, and Human-Computer Interaction
(3) Develop skills in methodologies and tools critical to the fields
(4) Examine real-world data to answer research questions regarding the impact of language and gesture-based products on language, cognition, and behavior
(5) Further improve abilities in writing a research paper
Literatur All texts will be made available on ADAM.

 

Teilnahmebedingungen This seminar is for students of the MA English, MA Sprache und Kommunikation and BA students who have completed ALL three introductory modules (including the proseminar papers).
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung In order to ensure a good learning environment, we aim at no more than 25 students per class (3 classes). We ask you to register via the following doodle link and recommend that you create a doodle account https://doodle.com/poll/w22dmfcv6tz3e8w4.

**Please only register for a maximum of TWO seminars and only for more than one if you really intend to take the course.**

Should you have not made it into one of the courses and you are only able to register for the waiting lists, we guarantee that we will take you in the course with the least student numbers. The doodle will close on **February 11** in order to finalise student distribution in the week before term starts.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Weblink ADAM
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 18.02.2019 – 27.05.2019
Zeit Montag, 10.15-12.00 Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 18.02.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Montag 25.02.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Montag 04.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Montag 11.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Montag 18.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Montag 25.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Montag 01.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Montag 08.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Montag 15.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Montag 22.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Ostern
Montag 29.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Montag 06.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Montag 13.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Montag 20.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Montag 27.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Module Modul Advanced English Linguistics (Bachelor Studienfach Englisch)
Modul English Linguistics (Master Studienfach Englisch)
Modul Forschungspraxis und Vertiefung (Master Studiengang Sprache und Kommunikation)
Modul Sprache und Gesellschaft (Master Studiengang Sprache und Kommunikation)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Student evaluations will be based on:
(1) A research paper consisting of an initial proposal, data collection, and a final write-up
(2) A class presentation
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft

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