Timing in turn-taking and its implications for processing models of language

@inproceedings{Levinson2015TimingIT,
  title={Timing in turn-taking and its implications for processing models of language},
  author={Stephen C. Levinson and Francisco Torreira},
  booktitle={Front. Psychol.},
  year={2015}
}
The core niche for language use is in verbal interaction, involving the rapid exchange of turns at talking. This paper reviews the extensive literature about this system, adding new statistical analyses of behavioral data where they have been missing, demonstrating that turn-taking has the systematic properties originally noted by Sacks et al. (1974; hereafter SSJ). This system poses some significant puzzles for current theories of language processing: the gaps between turns are short (of the… CONTINUE READING
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