Past Research

How Languages Deal with Requests, Especially within Mandarin Chinese

Our project explored how individuals communicate in task-oriented dialogues. Linguists have long studied stories and narratives, but some important features of language emerge only when speakers have joint intentions and share a common visual ground. Not only did we study how listeners recover linguistic representations, but also to what degree speakers and listeners align such representations using dialogue. All this revealed language "in action" and allowed us to analyze utterances beyond the sentence boundary in naturally occurring dialogues, from an experimental and from a...

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