LINGUIST List 31.1609

Wed May 13 2020

Calls: Cog Sci, Gen Ling, Phonetics, Psycholing, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

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Date: 13-May-2020
From: Mathias Barthel <mathias.barthelhu-berlin.de>
Subject: The Role of the Current Speaker in Conversational Turn Taking – Theoretical, Experimental, and Corpus Linguistic Perspectives on Speaker Contributions to Aligned Turn-Timing
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Full Title: The Role of the Current Speaker in Conversational Turn Taking – Theoretical, Experimental, and Corpus Linguistic Perspectives on Speaker Contributions to Aligned Turn-Timing
Short Title: CurrentSpeakers-2021

Date: 14-Jan-2021 - 15-Jan-2021
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Mathias Barthel
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://www.angl.hu-berlin.de/news/conferences/workshop-current-speaker/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2020

Meeting Description:

As a rule-of-thumb, smooth unmarked turn taking is generally characterized by showing neither long gaps nor overlap between adjacent turns. How interlocutors achieve this high degree of temporal alignment between the end of a turn and the beginning of the next turn in light of the latencies involved in speech production is still a question of debate, even though considerable advances have been made recently (Barthel, 2020; Garrod & Pickering, 2015; Gísladóttir, 2015; Heldner & Edlund, 2010, Holler et al., 2016). Current theories describing the mechanisms subserving smooth conversation locate the computational pressure underlying successful turn transfer primarily on the side of the listener who intends to become the next speaker. However, in order to arrive at a holistic description of the turn taking system, conversation can be more accurately conceptualized as a sequence of actions that is jointly coordinated by all of its participants, no matter whether they assume the role of the speaker or listener at a given moment. For such collaborative orchestration of conversational moves, interlocutors in pursuit of efficient temporal alignment of speaking turns need to be mutually supportive at any point in time. In that cooperative framework, the (para-)linguistic tools available to interlocutors who are in the role of the current speaker remain understudied and are in need of systematic description, both theoretically as well as empirically.

The workshop will focus on the questions whether and in what ways current speakers are actively supporting smooth turn transitions and how and when they use the resources available to them.

References:
Barthel, M. (2020). Speech planning in dialogue - Psycholinguistic studies of the timing of turn taking. Doctoral thesis, Radboud University Nijmegen.
Garrod, S., & Pickering, M. J. (2015). The use of content and timing to predict turn transitions. Frontiers in Psychology, 6.
Gísladóttir, R. S. (2015). Conversation electrified: The electrophysiology of spoken speech act recognition. Doctoral thesis, Radboud University Nijmegen.
Heldner, M., & Edlund, J. (2010). Pauses, gaps and overlaps in conversations. Journal of Phonetics, 38(4), 555-568.
Holler, J., Kendrick, K. H., Casillas, M., & Levinson, S. C. (Eds.). (2016). Turn-taking in human communicative interaction. Lausanne: Frontiers Media.

Call for Papers:

The workshop will focus on the questions whether and in what ways current speakers are actively supporting smooth turn transitions and how and when they use the resources available to them.

Submissions for 30 minute talks on the following (and related) questions are invited:
- What affordances of grammar are employed by current speakers to aid smooth turn taking?
- How do speakers and listeners manage smooth turn taking collaboratively?
- When and how do speakers make use of multimodal or paralinguistic signals, such as gestures, gaze, or prosodic cues, to aid temporally aligned turn transfer?

Several research traditions have studied the phenomenon of conversational turn taking from different perspectives, including psycholinguistics, grammar theory, corpus linguistics, and conversation analysis. These traditions are recently beginning to join forces in this overlapping research agenda. Research primarily employing methodologies common to any of these fields as well as cross disciplinary research projects are explicitly invited in order to discuss possibilities of future methodological fusion and to support collaborative research crossing the boundaries of disciplines. The languages and communities under study will not be restricted.

Abstracts may not exceed one A4 page with 1-inch margins on all sides written in 12pt Times New Roman font using APA citation style plus an optional additional page for figures, tables, and references. Please send your submissions in a single PDF file via the workshop's easychair website:

https://easychair.org/account/signin?l=RjcY4fak8k6Edhm3Su44ek#

Notifications will be sent at 31 August 2020.




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