Grounding needs: achieving common ground via lightweight chat in large, distributed, ad-hoc groups

  title={Grounding needs: achieving common ground via lightweight chat in large, distributed, ad-hoc groups},
  author={Jeremy P. Birnholtz and Thomas A. Finholt and Daniel B. Horn and Sung Joo Bae},
This paper reports on the emergent use of lightweight text chat to provide important grounding and facilitation information in a large, distributed, ad-hoc group of researchers participating in a live experiment. The success of chat in this setting suggests a critical re-examination and extension of Clark and Brennan's work on grounding in communication. Specifically, it is argued that there are some settings characterized by reduced information and clarification needs, where the use of… CONTINUE READING
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