Deictic Communication

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Deictic communication is fundamental to understanding communication in both typical and atypical populations and connects language to objects/locations in the world. It is therefore critical for understanding human-human interaction and human-system interaction in a range of technology applications. For example, the spatial arrangements in architectural design tasks are too detailed and nuanced to be reliably communicated by verbal descriptions alone. Thus, the dialogue between designers and with clients is based on deictic gestures and verbal references to objects such as plans, 3D models, and ad-hoc sketches. As part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network, DCOMM, this project will focus on deictic communication in architectural and urban design. We will characterize and classify the role of deictic references occurring in different stages of the design process. The project will also distinguish between novice and expert designers with respect to their deictic reference strategies and their ability to adjust such behaviours to different communication partners. For more information, see

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