Looking for Structure in Lexical and Acoustic-prosodic Entrainment Behaviors

ACL 2018

Looking for Structure in Lexical and Acoustic-prosodic Entrainment Behaviors

Jun 29, 2018
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Abstract: Entrainment has been shown to occur for various linguistic features individually. Motivated by cognitive theories regarding linguistic entrainment, we analyze speakers’ overall entrainment behaviors and search for an underlying structure. We consider various measures of both acoustic-prosodic and lexical entrainment, measuring the latter with a novel application of two previously introduced methods in addition to a standard high-frequency word measure. We present a negative result of our search, finding no meaningful correlations, clusters, or principal components in various entrainment measures, and discuss practical and theoretical implications. Authors: Andreas Weise, Rivka Levitan (CUNY)

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