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Better late than Now-or-Never: The case of interactive repair phenomena

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 June 2016

Patrick G. T. Healey
Affiliation:
Cognitive Science Research Group, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 4NS, United Kingdom p.healey@qmul.ac.uk m.purver@qmul.ac.uk
Christine Howes
Affiliation:
Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden christine.howes@gu.se
Julian Hough
Affiliation:
Fak. LiLi, Universität Bielefeld, D-33501 Bielefeld, Germany. julian.hough@uni-bielefeld.de
Matthew Purver
Affiliation:
Cognitive Science Research Group, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 4NS, United Kingdom p.healey@qmul.ac.uk m.purver@qmul.ac.uk

Abstract

Empirical evidence from dialogue, both corpus and experimental, highlights the importance of interaction in language use – and this raises some questions for Christiansen & Chater's (C&C's) proposals. We endorse C&C's call for an integrated framework but argue that their emphasis on local, individual production and comprehension makes it difficult to accommodate the ubiquitous, interactive, and defeasible processes of clarification and repair in conversation.

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