Turn-Taking Offsets and Dialogue Context

Peter A. Heeman, Rebecca Lunsford


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 turn-taking, 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.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1495

Cite as: Heeman, P.A., Lunsford, R. (2017) Turn-Taking Offsets and Dialogue Context. Proc. Interspeech 2017, 1671-1675, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1495.


@inproceedings{Heeman2017,
  author={Peter A. Heeman and Rebecca Lunsford},
  title={Turn-Taking Offsets and Dialogue Context},
  year=2017,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2017},
  pages={1671--1675},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1495},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1495}
}