Entrainment in spontaneous speech: The case of filled pauses in Supreme Court hearings

  title={Entrainment in spontaneous speech: The case of filled pauses in Supreme Court hearings},
  author={Stefan Benus and Rivka Levitan and Julia Hirschberg},
  journal={2012 IEEE 3rd International Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications (CogInfoCom)},
The aim of this paper is to contribute to our understanding of communicative social signals through a study of entrainment in the quality of filled pauses produced by Justices and lawyers during oral arguments of the Supreme Court. We report a tendency that the similarity between immediately adjacent filled pauses between a Justice and a lawyer correlates with the favorability of the Justice's vote. In addition to learning more about our cognitive abilities, we believe that better understanding… CONTINUE READING
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