Coordinating utterances during turn-taking: The role of prediction, response preparation, and articulation
Corps, R. E., Gambi, C., & Pickering, M. J.
Coordinating utterances during turn-taking: The role of prediction, response preparation, and articulation. Discourse processes, 55
(2, SI), 230-240. doi:10.1080/0163853X.2017.1330031.
During conversation, interlocutors rapidly switch between speaker and listener
roles and take turns at talk. How do they achieve such fine coordination?
Most research has concentrated on the role of prediction, but listeners
must also prepare a response in advance (assuming they wish to respond)
and articulate this response at the appropriate moment. Such mechanisms
may overlap with the processes of comprehending the speaker’s incoming
turn and predicting its end. However, little is known about the stages of
response preparation and production. We discuss three questions pertaining
to such stages: (1) Do listeners prepare their own response in advance?,
(2) Can listeners buffer their prepared response?, and (3) Does buffering
lead to interference with concurrent comprehension? We argue that fine
coordination requires more than just an accurate prediction of the interlocutor’s
incoming turn: Listeners must also simultaneously prepare their own