Syntactic alignment and participant role in dialogue.

  title={Syntactic alignment and participant role in dialogue.},
  author={Holly P. Branigan and Martin J. Pickering and Janet F. McLean and Alexandra A. Cleland},
  volume={104 2},
We report three experiments that investigated whether the linguistic behavior of participants in a dialogue is affected by their role within that interaction. All experiments were concerned with the way in which speakers choose between syntactic forms with very similar meanings. Theories of dialogue assume that speakers address their contributions directly to their addressees, but also indirectly to side participants. In Experiments 1 and 2, speakers produced picture descriptions that had the… CONTINUE READING

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