Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Priming and alignment: Mechanism or consequence?

Sarah Brown-Schmidt a1 and Michael K. Tanenhaus a1
a1 Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester, River Campus, Rochester, NY 14627


We agree with Pickering & Garrod's (P&G's) proposal that dialogue is an important empirical and theoretical test bed for models of language processing. However, we offer two cautionary notes. First, the enterprise will require explicit computational models. Second, such models will need to incorporate both joint and separate speaker and hearer commitments in ways that go beyond priming and alignment.