Paper: Lexical Accommodation In Machine-Mediated Interactions

ACL ID C96-1063
Title Lexical Accommodation In Machine-Mediated Interactions
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1996
  • Laurel Fais (ATR Interpreting Telecommunications Research Laboratories, Kyoto Japan)

We report results of lexical accommodation studies involving three different interpretation settings: human-human monolingual; human-interpreted bilingual; and machine-interpreted bilingual. We found significant accommodation in all three conversational settings, with the highest rate in the human-interpreted setting. There is evidence for long- range mutual accommodation in that setting, as compared to short-range accommodation in the machine-interpreted setting. Motivations discussed in the accommodation literature, including speakers' concern for social standing and communicational efficiency, are examined in the light of the results obtained. Finally, we draw implications for the design of multimedia human-computer interfaces.