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Russian multichannel discourse
The research is conducted within the framework of Project #14–18–03819 funded by the Russian Science Foundation at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Principal investigator: Andrej A. Kibrik.
The research group (end of 2018)
Evgeniya V. Budennaya, Mikhail L. Buryakov,
Grigory B. Dobrov, Аlexandra A. Evdokimova,
Olga V. Fedorova, Аndrej A. Kibrik,
Nikolay A. Korotaev, Аlla O. Litvinenko,
Julia V. Nikolaeva, Vera I. Podlesskaya,
Natalya V. Sukhova, Ivan Yu. Zherdev


People interact with one another using words, intonation, gestures, facial expressions, and eye gaze. All these communication channels are intertwined and used simultaneously. That is why the process of ordinary human communication can be described as having a multichannel character. We take part in this kind of communication throughout our lives. Nevertheless, it remains an understudied phenomenon. There are at least two reasons for such a state of affairs. First of all, the process of multichannel communication is ephemeral, and it takes place without leaving any tangible trace. Secondly, research of the contents of various communicative channels traditionally belongs to the realms of different disciplines which have rather loose connections with one another. For instance, the verbal component is studied by linguists, while research on gestures and eye gaze is mostly conducted by psychologists. The research team at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences has set the goal to conduct a comprehensive study of multichannel discourse based on a unified theoretical and methodological approach. Within the framework of the given approach, we have created a resource called “Russian Pear Chats and Stories” which includes a series of recordings of natural communication among several participants along with their vocal and kinetic annotations. The process of making a recording was carried out with the help of innovative technical solutions such as high-quality audio and video recordings, as well as the use of eye tracking devices. Vocal annotation is based on the principles previously developed for oral speech; see The principles of annotation for kinetic behavior were developed specifically for the objectives of the given project. You will find the results of the research based on the corpus “Russian Pear Chats and Stories” under the tab “Publications and talks”. If you want to discuss issues of corpus use, feel free to contact us at the project’s google group. A scheme of multichannel communication
A scheme of multichannel communication

Acknowledgement: The project team is grateful to the translator Maria S. Sapozhnikova and the editor Kelly Callahan for their assistance in preparing the English version of this web site.

©The English version of the site was created by Grigory B. Dobrov