Research report 2016 - Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Turn-taking in human communication and its implications for language processing
Levinson, Stephen C.
Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik, Nijmegen, Netherlands
SummaryMost language usage is interactive, involving rapid turn-taking. The turn-taking system has a number of striking properties: turns are short and responses are remarkably rapid, yet turns are of varying length and often of very complex construction, so that the underlying cognitive processing is highly compressed. Although neglected in cognitive science, the system has deep implications for language processing and acquisition, just now becoming clear.