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Grounding and CRification

Jonathan Ginzburg

in The Interactive Stance

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199697922
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738425 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697922.003.0006
Grounding and CRification

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This chapter develops a detailed account of metacommunicative interaction, in particular of clarification interaction (‘CRification’). It starts with an empirical study of CRification, given that communicative mismatches give very good clues about what needs to be matched for communication to succeed. The data offers striking evidence that the range of trouble is highly constrained, one of the reasons for the tractability of CRification. The corpus studies of clarification requests constitute the empirical basis driving the theory subsequently developed. Two simple interaction systems are sketched, which illustrate the bare essentials required for grounding and CRification. Although highly simplified, the systems underpin computational simulations that demonstrate the pivotal contribution MCI makes in language acquisition and maintenance. Following this, an informal model of MCI is motivated, which subsequent sections spell out in detail, dealing respectively with successful grounding, semantically oriented CRification, how to integrate the two in a single protocol, and finally requests for repetition.

Keywords: repair; metacommunicative interaction; clarification requests; grounding; corpus studies of repair

Chapter.  24609 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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