14thAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Lyon, France
August 25-29, 2013

Investigating Fine Temporal Dynamics of Prosodic and Lexical Accommodation

Francesca Bonin (1), Céline De Looze (1), Sucheta Ghosh (1), Emer Gilmartin (1), Carl Vogel (1), Anna Polychroniou (2), Hugues Salamin (2), Alessandro Vinciarelli (2), Nick Campbell (1)

(1) Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
(2) University of Glasgow, UK

Conversational interaction is a dynamic activity in which participants engage in the construction of meaning and in establishing and maintaining social relationships. Lexical and prosodic accommodation have been observed in many studies as contributing importantly to these dimensions of social interaction. However, while previous works have considered accommodation mechanisms at global levels (for whole conversations, halves and thirds of conversations), this work investigates their evolution through repeated analysis at time intervals of increasing granularity to analyze the dynamics of alignment in a spoken language corpus. Results show that the levels of both prosodic and lexical accommodation fluctuate several times over the course of a conversation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bonin, Francesca / Looze, Céline De / Ghosh, Sucheta / Gilmartin, Emer / Vogel, Carl / Polychroniou, Anna / Salamin, Hugues / Vinciarelli, Alessandro / Campbell, Nick (2013): "Investigating fine temporal dynamics of prosodic and lexical accommodation", In INTERSPEECH-2013, 539-543.