The effect of conversational task on turn taking in dialogue

Sam Watson, A. Josefine Munch Sørensen, Ewen MacDonald*

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Abstract

In previous studies, several methods have been used to elicit conversation between talkers. Some involved participants solving a shared task (e.g., describing a map or finding differences between two near-identical pictures), while others have recorded more spontaneous dialogue (e.g., telephone calls). Since the goals of the talkers, and thus the definition of successful conversation, varies across these methods, it is thought likely that turn-taking behaviour will vary depending on how conversations are elicited. The present study investigated this by eliciting English conversations from 7 pairs of native-Danish talkers using two methods: solving a Diapix task and engaging in unguided “small talk”. For each method, in both quiet and 70 dBA babble, two conversations were recorded for each pair. Overall, several differences in conversational behaviour were observed. When engaged in “small talk”, participants spoke more rapidly, produced longer utterances, and replied more quickly than compared to when they were solving the Diapix task. These within-pair differences indicate that comparisons of behaviour across studies should also consider the method by which conversations were elicited.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research : Auditory Learning in Biological and Artificial Systems
Volume7
PublisherThe Danavox Jubilee Foundation
Publication date2020
Pages61-68
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventInternational Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research: Auditory Learning in Biological and Artificial Systems - Nyborg, Denmark
Duration: 21 Aug 201923 Aug 2019
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Conference

ConferenceInternational Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research
CountryDenmark
CityNyborg
Period21/08/201923/08/2019
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the International Symposium on Audiological and Auditory Research
Volume7
ISSN2596-5522

Keywords

  • Conversational turn-taking

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Watson, S., Sørensen, A. J. M., & MacDonald, E. (2020). The effect of conversational task on turn taking in dialogue. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research: Auditory Learning in Biological and Artificial Systems (Vol. 7, pp. 61-68). The Danavox Jubilee Foundation. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Audiological and Auditory Research, Vol.. 7