Chronicles: supporting conversational narrative in alternative and augmentative communication

Annalu Waller, Rachel Menzies, Daniel Herron, Suzanne Prior, Rolf Black, Thilo Kroll

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Individuals share experiences and build relationships through the medium of narrative. Lifelong personal narratives play a key role in developing social identity. Individuals with little or no functional speech due to severe speech and physical impairments (SSPI) find it difficult to share personal narrative as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems do not support interactive story telling. As a result, people with congenital SSPI who use AAC may not have learned the linguistic skills involved in sharing narratives. The Chronicles software was developed to support the sharing of personal narrative. Conversational analysis of a conversation using Chronicles illustrates how the system can support more natural conversations when using AAC.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2013
Subtitle of host publication14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsPaula Kotze, Gary Marsden, Gitte Lindgaard, Janet Wesson, Marco Winckler
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783642404801
ISBN (Print)9783642404795
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventINTERACT 2013: Designing for Diversity - Cape Town International Conference Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 2 Sept 20136 Sept 2013
Conference number: 14

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceINTERACT 2013
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Other14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Internet address


  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Personal narrative
  • Social identity
  • Accessibility
  • Assistive technology
  • Disability


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