Edited By Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk and Krzysztof Kosecki
Temporal Parameters of Narrative Events: a Study of Unitizing a Videotaped Activity and its Verbal Coding
Janusz Badio, University of Łódź Poland
The paper deals with the perception and verbalisation of events. To this end an approximately 2 minute long, silent video was constructed (study one), which showed a girl, then two girls performing mundane activities at home. The video was then unitized into segments that seemed most meaningful to the participants (N=45). The hypothesis that the participants would spontaneously get divided into two groups of either coarse or fine grain coders did not become confirmed. Instead, they showed a tendency to divide the video into approximately 19 events. As shown on a sub-sample (N=8) in a qualitative analysis, the breakpoints that the viewers decided to mark off, were points of physical change in activity that additionally and more importantly, coincided with moments associated with changes of goals or plans in behaviour. Those participants who were additionally guided by mere physical change in the body posture of the actresses were in minority. The second study looked at Polish-native versus English-foreign verbalisation of the same video content. The hypothesis that the English-foreign condition would have fewer coded events was not confirmed.
Event, event segmentation, activity, verbal coding, English, Polish, video
The present paper reports the design, analysis and results of a study that is exploratory in character. It is a pilot work into how people segment a continuous stream of activity into events and how they code it...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.