Computational Linguistics & Phonetics Computational Linguistics & Phonetics Fachrichtung 4.7 Universität des Saarlandes
Chiara Gambi - Seminars

Chiara Gambi - Seminars

Wintersemester 2013

Thinking ahead while speaking: the role of anticipatory processing in language.

Speakers plan their utterances before beginning articulation. What's more interesting, they sometimes plan more than just the next word or simple phrase. In addition, speakers can control the timing of their utterances (e.g., they can speed up production if confronted with a time-out). This planning temporally precedes articulation of an utterance, but we do not know how much of it is anticipatory. That is, how much do speakers anticipate potential processing problems they might encounter, and how much do they adjust production in anticipation, to minimize these problems? In language comprehension, listeners and readers have been shown to anticipate aspects of the input before they process it. Moreover, interlocutors are able to anticipate, and appropriately complete, one another's sentences in dialogue. One interesting possibility is that the ability to plan ahead when speaking and to anticipate when listening are in fact related. We will discuss a recent theory of this relationship, based on the notion of forward models.


23/10/13 C. Gambi: anticipation in human cognition (theoretical introduction) - slides

30/10/13 C. Gambi: forward models in language processing - Part 1 - slides

06/10/13 C. Gambi: forward models in language processing - Part 2 - slides

13/11/13 C. Gambi: thinking ahead while speaking - Part 1 (Theories of single word production and sentence planning) - slides

20/11/13 C. Gambi: thinking ahead while speaking - Part 2 (Evidence) - slides

27/11/13 1st student presentation: Aleks Piwowarek on Lesage et al. and Mani & Huettig

04/12/13 C. Gambi: thinking ahead in dialogue - slides

11/12/13 2nd student presentation: Raphael Morschett on Jaeger et al.

18/12/13 3rd student presentation: Max Paulus on turn taking


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