Paper: Predicting Success in Dialogue

ACL ID P07-1102
Title Predicting Success in Dialogue
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2007

Task-solving in dialogue depends on the lin- guistic alignment of the interlocutors, which Pickering & Garrod (2004) have suggested to be based on mechanistic repetition ef- fects. In this paper, we seek confirmation of this hypothesis by looking at repetition in corpora, and whether repetition is cor- related with task success. We show that the relevant repetition tendency is based on slow adaptation rather than short-term prim- ing and demonstrate that lexical and syntac- tic repetition is a reliable predictor of task success given the first five minutes of a task- oriented dialogue.