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Visualizing rich corpus data using virtual reality
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of computer science and media technology (CM). (VRxAR Labs)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4162-6475
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of computer science and media technology (CM). (VRxAR Labs)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7485-8649
University of Eastern Finland, Finland.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3123-6932
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5251-5338
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2019 (English)In: Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English, ISSN 1797-4453, E-ISSN 1797-4453, Vol. 20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We demonstrate an approach that utilizes immersive virtual reality (VR) to explore and interact with corpus linguistics data. Our case study focuses on the language identification parameter in the Nordic Tweet Stream corpus, a dynamic corpus of Twitter data where each tweet originated within the Nordic countries. We demonstrate how VR can provide previously unexplored perspectives into the use of English and other non-indigenous languages in the Nordic countries alongside the native languages of the region and showcase its geospatial variation. We utilize a head-mounted display (HMD) for a room-scale VR scenario that allows 3D interaction by using hand gestures. In addition to spatial movement through the Nordic areas, the interface enables exploration of the Twitter data based on time (days, weeks, months, or time of predefined special events), making it particularly useful for diachronic investigations.

In addition to demonstrating how the VR methods aid data visualization and exploration, we briefly discuss the pedagogical implications of using VR to showcase linguistic diversity. Our empirical results detail students’ reactions to working in this environment. The discussion part examines the benefits, prospects and limitations of using VR in visualizing corpus data.

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Helsinki: VARIENG , 2019. Vol. 20
Keywords [en]
virtual reality, Nordic Tweet Stream, digital humanities, immersive analytics
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Human Computer Interaction Language Technology (Computational Linguistics) General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science; Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Computer Science; Computer Science, Information and software visualization; Humanities, Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-90516OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-90516DiVA, id: diva2:1377614
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DISA-DHOpen Data Exploration in Virtual Reality (ODxVR)Available from: 2019-12-12 Created: 2019-12-12 Last updated: 2020-05-25Bibliographically approved

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Alissandrakis, ArisReski, NicoLaitinen, MikkoTyrkkö, JukkaLundberg, JonasLevin, Magnus

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