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Structural Priming in Dialogues between Native and Non-native Speakers

Kim, Christina S and Chamorro, Gloria (2020) Structural Priming in Dialogues between Native and Non-native Speakers. [Data Collection]


This study extends the logic of prior studies showing phonetic convergence between speakers in dialogue to the structural domain. We ask whether listeners’ adaptation of the syntactic forms they produce depends on their perceptions about their interlocutor’s social proximity and linguistic competence, using structural priming as a measure convergence. Three experiments compared structural priming in conversations between (i) pairs of native speakers of British English, (ii) native and non-native speakers, and (iii) native speakers of different varieties of English (British and North American; Lancashire and South East), to assess to what extent interlocutor characteristics influence convergence or divergence of syntactic forms in dialogue. Our findings suggest that rates of structural convergence depend both on a speaker’s pre-existing structural bias for a particular verb, and their perception of (linguistic or social) similarity to their interlocutor. This suggests an interplay between low-level, automatic mechanisms underlying structural convergence and higher-level reasoning about how interlocutors are socially situated with respect to each other.

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Uncontrolled keywords: structural priming, dialogue, non-native speakers, sentence production
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
DOI: 10.22024/UniKent/01.01.100
Divisions: ?? 11410 ??
Depositing User: Christina Kim
Collection period:
11 April 2018
3 July 2019
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2022 08:45
Publication Date: 6 January 2020

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