Conversation, co-ordination and convention: an empirical investigation of how groups establish linguistic conventions

  title={Conversation, co-ordination and convention: an empirical investigation of how groups establish linguistic conventions},
  author={Simon Garrod and Gwyneth Doherty},
Two experiments are reported which demonstrate the development of co-ordinated description languages in two groups of communicators playing Garrod and Anderson's (1987) maze game. The experiments contrast language co-ordination between speakers who always interact with the same partner (isolated pairs) as compared with speakers who interact with different partners drawn from the same community. Whereas the isolated pairs show higher degrees of inter-speaker convergence than the community pairs… Expand

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