Turn-Taking offsets and dialogue context

Peter Heeman, Rebecca Lunsford

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A number of researchers have studied turn-Taking offsets in human-human dialogues. However, that work collapses over a wide number of different turn-Taking contexts. In this work, we delve into the turn-Taking delays based on different contexts. We show that turn-Taking behavior, both who tends to take the turn next, and the turn-Taking delays, are dependent on the previous speech act type, the upcoming speech act, and the nature of the dialogue. This strongly suggests that in studying turntaking, all turn-Taking events should not be grouped together. This also suggests that delays are due to cognitive processing of what to say, rather than whether a speaker should take the turn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1671-1675
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Signal Processing
  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation

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