Abstract Benjamin Cowan 6th March

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Dialogue is a dynamic social activity. Research has consistently shown that our dialogue partners impact our speech choices whereby we converge (or align) on aspects such as lexical choice and syntax. With the development of more natural computer dialogue partners and the increase of speech as an interaction modality in many devices and applications, it is important that we understand what impacts how we behave linguistically in such dialogue interactions with computers. Benjamin's talk will focus on his current work, looking at how design choices and computer partner behaviours affect lexical alignment in human-computer dialogue and how using psycholinguistic research can help us understand the role that our perceptions and judgments have on such a behaviour.

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