Turn-taking workshop

Turn-taking in conversation: a multi-disciplinary approach 

Date:  9 July 2014, 9:30–15:00
VenueHumanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield 

Dr Gareth Walker, English Language and Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Prof Thomas Hain, Computer Science, University of Sheffield

Read the workshop report by Amy Beeston here.

Workshop participants came from a wide range of academic backgrounds and departments.

Workshop summary:
As the most natural way of interacting, conversation is at the core of all our daily encounters. Turn-taking is the mechanism that regulates conversation, and as such, it is important within cognitive research and in a vast array of other disciplines. As a basic social action, turn-taking is of great interest to social scientists. Psycholinguists investigate our capacity to monitor talk as it evolves in real time, and predict when a speaker will come to the end of a turn. Interactional linguists study how language is used as a tool for taking turns in conversation. Such research has diverse applications, including two that are the particular focus of current work at Sheffield, in healthcare practice and in computational speech processing.

This workshop aims to discuss recent perspectives on turn-taking in conversation and its applications. We invite participation from those interested in conversation research across all disciplines. The emphasis of the workshop is on discussion and the exchange of research experience between participants. Two invited talks will lead into a group exercise in analysis of real conversational data, and we will conclude with a panel discussion. In this way we aim to share research practices from different disciplinary perspectives in view of discovering potential collaborative research opportunities.

Project page: Phonetic design of overlapping speech in talk-in-interaction

Workshop organizers:
Emina Kurtic, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield
Amy Beeston, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield
The iCog committee acknowledges the generous support of the Faculty of Science of the University of Sheffield.