Can overhearers predict who will speak next?

Peter A. Heeman, Rebecc Lunsford

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One theory of turn-taking in dialogue is that the current speaker controls when the other conversant can speak, which is also the basis of most spoken dialogue systems. A second theory is that the two conversants negotiate who will speak next. In this paper, we test these theories by examining how well an overhearer can predict this, based only on the current speaker's utterance, which is what the other conversant would have access to. We had overhearers listen to the current speaker and indicate whether they felt the current speaker will continue or not. Our results support the negotiative model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTurn-Taking and Coordination in Human-Machine Interaction - Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium, Technical Report
PublisherAI Access Foundation
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781577357117
StatePublished - 2015
Event2015 AAAI Spring Symposium - Palo Alto, United States
Duration: Mar 23 2015Mar 25 2015

Publication series

NameAAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report


Other2015 AAAI Spring Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPalo Alto

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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