Investigating the relationship between prosodic entrainment and interaction style

Joanna Kruyt, Lena-Marie Huttner, Johannah O'Mahony

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Abstract / Description of output

Entrainment is a phenomenon whereby speakers imitate each others’ speech patterns during a conversation. It is influenced by social and individual factors. This study aims to investigate whether interaction style predicts entrainment. Following existing studies, we operationalise interaction style using features related to expressive paralinguistics, turn-taking behaviour, and topic persistence. We extracted these features from conversations in the Switchboard I corpus before reducing them into a single interaction style variable. We measured the overall prosodic entrainment of the conversation as well as each speaker’s contribution using a geometric approach. To investigate whether speakers’ involvement scores and entrainment contributions are correlated, we used an actor-partner interdependence model. Results suggest that interaction style and prosodic entrainment are not associated. Possible explanations for these findings, as well as suggestions for future research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
EditorsRadek Skarnitzl, Jan Volín
Place of PublicationPrague
PublisherGuarant International
ISBN (Electronic)9788090811423
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2023
Event20th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS) - Prague Congress Centre, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 7 Aug 202311 Aug 2023


Conference20th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS)
Abbreviated titleICPhS 2023
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
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Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • entrainment
  • convergence
  • involvement
  • interaction style
  • conversation style


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