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Do Speaker’s Emotions influence their Language Production?: Studying the Influence of Disgust and Amusement on Alignment in Interactive Reference

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The influence of emotion on (the early stages of) speech production processes, notably content selection has received little scholarly attention. Goudbeek & Krahmer (2012) found evidence for alignment at the conceptual level: speakers may start using a dispreferred attribute over a preferred attribute in their referring expressions when they are primed by a pre-recorded female voice in a preceding interaction. The current study aimed to assess the role of emotion (using amusement and disgust) in alignment, while simultaneously replicating this finding in a more naturalistic setting involving two human participants in naturalistic dialogue. Our results replicate the findings by Goudbeek & Krahmer (2012), generalizing their findings to a much more naturalistic setting. In addition, we found that amused, but not disgusted speakers tend to use the preferred attribute more to describe objects to their conversational partner.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Subtitle of host publicationCognitive Science Society
EditorsGlenn Gunzelmann, Andrew Howes, Thora Tenbrink, Eddy Davelaar
Place of PublicationLondon UK
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780991196760
StatePublished - 26 Jul 2017
Eventcogsci 2017 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jul 201729 Jul 2017


Conferencecogsci 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
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