ISCA Archive Interspeech 2022
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2022

Investigating perception of spoken dialogue acceptability through surprisal

Sarenne Carrol Wallbridge, Catherine Lai, Peter Bell

Surprisal is used throughout computational psycholinguistics to model a range of language processing behaviour. There is growing evidence that language model (LM) estimates of surprisal correlate with human performance on a range of written language comprehension tasks. Although communicative interaction is arguably the primary form of language use, most studies of surprisal are based on monological, written data. Towards the goal of understanding perception in spontaneous, natural language, we present an exploratory investigation into whether the relationship between human comprehension behaviour and LM-estimated surprisal holds when applied to dialogue, considering both written dialogue, and the lexical component of spoken dialogue. We use a novel judgement task of dialogue utterance acceptability to ask two questions: "How well can people make predictions about written dialogue and transcripts of spoken dialogue?” and "Does surprisal correlate with these acceptability judgements?”. We demonstrate that people can make accurate predictions about upcoming dialogue and that their ability differs between spoken transcripts and written conversation. We investigate the relationship between global and local operationalisations of surprisal and human acceptability judgements, finding a combination of both to provide the most predictive power

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2022-10808

Cite as: Wallbridge, S.C., Lai, C., Bell, P. (2022) Investigating perception of spoken dialogue acceptability through surprisal. Proc. Interspeech 2022, 4506-4510, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2022-10808

  author={Sarenne Carrol Wallbridge and Catherine Lai and Peter Bell},
  title={{Investigating perception of spoken dialogue acceptability through surprisal}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2022},