During the development of the HuComTech Corpus, we wanted to identify a large number of multimodal behaviors during a certain observation period. Based on the resulting database data, this paper focuses on the discovery of time models related to agreement/disagreement. It describes the methodological basis of the structure of the corpus, the analysis and interpretation of the data. Particular emphasis is placed on the Theme research tool: we describe both its theoretical bases facilitating the analysis of multimodal behavioral data and some methodological questions of its application to the HuComTech Corpus. Finally, we present a selection of the most common temporal patterns related to the pragmatic function of concordance detected in the body and show their actual context in recorded interactions. “default_disagree” – one point in the chord class, that is, a case of late payment. Agreeing is not an individual`s autonomous state of mind: it is a behavioral event that necessarily involves an interaction that requires at least two actors and a subject. It appears as a reflection on the veracity of a statement, from a point of view or an opinion and can develop under at least two conditions: (a) during the interaction, the actors recognize that they share the same point of view independently of each other, or (b) one or more of the actors are convinced of the argument of the other actors. The unification process takes different forms, depending on these two different conditions: if actors A and B share the same point of view independently, actor B`s agreement usually follows a statement or elaboration by Actor A as backchannel of some type (as yes, indeed!). If Actor B is convinced by Actor A of the veracity of a given point of view, actor B`s act of consent may follow a question or request from Actor A (as.B. How do you feel about that? or do you vote?), but other scenarios (such as those involving non-verbal events or pauses, virtually anything that leads to a change of turn) are also possible. As in the case of an agreement, a disagreement develops as an act of response to a previous call (Kakavé, 1993). Locher, 2004).
Disagreement is often described as behaviour that reflects a kind of confrontation that, understood as a function of face and courtesy, should be avoided (cf. Sacks, 1973/1987); Brown and Levinson, 1978/1987; Leech, 1983; Pomerantz, 1984). Schiffrin (1984), however, shows that it can also signal conviviality, i.e. differences of opinion can even strengthen social relations.