Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

Intrinsic misalignment in dialogue: Why there is no unique context in a conversation


Jonathan Ginzburg a1
a1 Dept of Computer Science, King's College London, London WC2R 2LS, United Kingdom ginzburg@dcs.kcl.ac.uk http://www.dcs.kcl.ac.uk/staff/ginzburg

Abstract

Pickering & Garrod's (P&G's) claim that conversationalists do not explicitly keep track of their interlocuters' information states is important. Nonetheless, via alignment, they seem to create a virtually symmetrical view of the information states of speaker and addressee – a key component of their accounts of collaborative utterances and of self-monitoring. As I show, there is significant evidence for intrinsic contextual misalignment between conversationalists that can persist across turns.



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