Work Package 5: Role of phonetic convergence in conversational interaction
The work carried out in this section is concerned with the
function of phonetic convergence as a communicative strategy in social interaction.
Our analyses concentrate on verbal repetitions (the verbatim reproduction
of a previous speaker's fragment of utterance of various length), a recurrent
phenomenon in conversation. Using the CLAPI and CID databases, an inventory
of the pragmatic roles that repetitions may fulfill (and which include repairs,
assessments, regulations, and confirmation requests) is made. On the basis
of an extended corpus of repetitions, constituted by means of the tools and
of the corpora available on the CLAPI data bank, we want to identify specific
environments for repetitions and specific actions accomplished through repetitions.
Moreover, we are looking for describing the various linguistic and multimodal
resources methodically exploited by participants to achieve both identification
and differentiation between other-repeated lexical forms.