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Priming of Syntactic Rules in Task-Oriented Dialogue and Spontaneous Conversation

By David Reitter, Johanna D. Moore and Frank Keller


Previous work provided corpus evidence for structural priming\ud for specific syntactic constructions. The present paper extends\ud these results by investigating priming effects involving arbitrary\ud syntactic rules in spoken dialogue corpora. We demonstrate\ud the existence of within- and between-speaker priming in\ud both spontaneous conversation (the Switchboard corpus) and\ud task-oriented dialogue (the Map Task corpus). We also find\ud that between-speaker priming is stronger in the Map Task corpus.\ud This supports the hypothesis that in task-oriented dialog,\ud low-level priming is linked to higher-level alignment of situation\ud models

Topics: Structural priming, dialogue, task-orientation, language production, language comprehension, speech
Year: 2006
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