The Role of the Current Speaker in Conversational Turn Taking

Theoretical, Experimental, and Corpus Linguistic Perspectives on Speaker Contributions to Aligned Turn-Timing
Date: 14 – 15 January 2021
Submission deadline: 31 July 2020
Location: Humboldt University, Berlin
Invited speakers:
Prof. Peter Auer (Department of German Linguistics, Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany)
Dr. Judith Holler (Department of Communication in Social Interaction, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Prof. Lorenza Mondada (Department of General and French Linguistics, University of Basel, Switzerland)
Prof. JP de Ruiter (Departments of Computer Science and Psychology, Tufts University, Boston, USA)
The workshop will focus on the questions whether and in what ways current speakers are actively supporting smooth turn transitions and how and when they use the resources available to them.Submissions for 30 minute talks on the following (and related) questions are invited (for details, see workshop website):
  • What affordances of grammar are employed by current speakers to aid smooth turn taking?
  • How do speakers and listeners manage smooth turn taking collaboratively?
  • When and how do speakers make use of multimodal or paralinguistic signals, such as gestures, gaze, or prosodic cues, to aid temporally aligned turn transfer?
 Several research traditions have studied the phenomenon of conversational turn taking from different perspectives, including psycholinguistics, grammar theory, corpus linguistics, and conversation analysis. These traditions are recently beginning to join forces in this overlapping research agenda. Research primarily employing methodologies common to any of these fields as well as cross-disciplinary research projects are explicitly invited in order to discuss possibilities of future methodological fusion and to support collaborative research crossing the boundaries of disciplines. The languages and communities under study will not be restricted.

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