9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

Syntactic Complexity Induces Explicit Grounding in the MapTask Corpus

Martin Tietze, Vera Demberg, Johanna D. Moore

University of Edinburgh, UK

This paper provides evidence for theories of grounding and dialogue management in human conversation. For each utterance in a corpus of task-oriented dialogues, we calculated integration costs, which are based on syntactic sentence complexity. We compared the integration costs and grounding behavior under two conditions, namely face-to-face and a no-eye-contact condition. The results show that integration costs were significantly higher for explicitly grounded utterances in the no-eye-contact condition, but not in the face-to-face condition.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tietze, Martin / Demberg, Vera / Moore, Johanna D. (2008): "Syntactic complexity induces explicit grounding in the Maptask corpus", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 542.