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Function and form of gestures in a collaborative design meeting

Abstract : This paper examines the relationship between gestures' function and form in design collaboration. It adopts a cognitive design research viewpoint. The analysis is restricted to gesticulations and emblems. The data analysed come from an empirical study conducted on an architectural design meeting. Based on a previous analysis of the data, guided by our model of design as the construction of representations, we distinguish representational and organisational functions. The results of the present analysis are that, even if form-function association tendencies exist, gestures with a particular function may take various forms, and particular gestural movements as regards form can fulfil different functions. Reconsidering these results and other research on gesture, we formulate the assumption that, if formal characteristics do not allow differentiating functional gestures in collaboration, context-dependent, semantic characteristics may be more appropriate. We also envision the possibility that closer inspection of the data reveal tendencies of another nature.
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Willemien Visser. Function and form of gestures in a collaborative design meeting. Kopp, S. and Wachsmuth, I. Gesture in embodied communication and human-computer interaction. 8th International Gesture Workshop, GW 2009. Bielefeld, Germany, February 25-27, 2009. Revised selected papers, LNCS 5934/2010, Springer, pp.61-72, 2010, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-12553-9_6⟩. ⟨inria-00526051⟩

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