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

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  • Birgit Endrass
  • Yukiko Nakano
  • Afia Akhter Lipi
  • Matthias Rehm
  • Elisabeth André

Abstract

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 backgrounds such as culture. 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.
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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 backgrounds such as culture. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume6895
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
ISSN0302-9743
DOI
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Event10th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents - Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 15 Sep 201117 Sep 2011
Conference number: 10

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
Number10
CountryIceland
CityReykjavik
Period15/09/201117/09/2011

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