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Quantifying linguistic coordination

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Language has been defined as a social coordination device (Clark 1996) enabling innovative modalities of joint action. However, the exact coordinative dynamics over time and their effects are still insufficiently investigated and quantified. Relying on the data produced in a collective decision task (Bahrami et al 2010, Fusaroli et al. 2012) we extend to linguistic coordination dynamical measures of recurrence employed in the analysis of sensorimotor coordination (such as heart-rate (Konvalinka et al 2011), postural sway (Shockley 2005) and eye-movements (Dale, Richardson and Kirkham 2012). We employ nominal recurrence analysis (Orsucci et al 2005, Dale et al 2011) on the decision-making conversations between the participants. We report strong correlations between various indexes of recurrence and collective performance. We argue this method allows us to quantify the qualities of linguistic coordination and their effects at a fine-degree.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2013
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventCo-operation: Why, How, and With Whom? - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 8 Apr 20139 Apr 2013


LocationAarhus University

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