Authors
Abstract
What is the proper unit of analysis in the psycholinguistics of dialog? While classical approaches are largely based on models of individual linguistic processing, recent advances stress the social coordinative nature of dialog. In the influential interactive alignment model, dialogue is thus approached as the progressive entrainment of interlocutors' linguistic behaviors toward the alignment of situation models. Still, the driving mechanisms are attributed to individual cognition in the form of automatic structural priming. Challenging these ideas, we outline a dynamical framework for studying dialog based on the notion of interpersonal synergy. Crucial to this synergetic model is the emphasis on dialog as an emergent, self-organizing, interpersonal system capable of functional coordination. A consequence of this model is that linguistic processes cannot be reduced to the workings of individual cognitive systems but must be approached also at the interpersonal level. From the synergy model follows a number of new predictions: beyond simple synchrony, good dialog affords complementary dynamics, constrained by contextual sensitivity and functional specificity. We substantiate our arguments by reference to recent empirical studies supporting the idea of dialog as interpersonal synergy.
Keywords Interpersonal coordination  Linguistic coordination  Synergy  Alignment  Complementarity  Social interaction
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 59,916
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Toward a Mechanistic Psychology of Dialogue.Martin J. Pickering & Simon Garrod - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (2):169-190.
The Routine as Achievement.Emanuel A. Schegloff - 1986 - Human Studies 9 (2-3):111 - 151.

View all 6 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Dynamics of Group Cognition.S. Orestis Palermos - 2016 - Minds and Machines 26 (4):409-440.

View all 23 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Levels of Selection in Synergy.Alejandro Rosas - 2009 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 28 (2):135-150.
Full Alignment of Some but Not All Representations in Dialogue.Holly P. Branigan - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (2):191-192.
Comment: The Minimal Self is a Social Self. de Haan - 2010 - In Thomas Fuchs, Heribert Sattel & Peter Henningsen (eds.), The embodied self: dimensions, coherence, disorders. Schattauer.
Situation Alignment and Routinization in Language Acquisition.Peter F. Dominey - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (2):195-195.
Beyond Linguistic Alignment.Allan Mazur - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (2):205-206.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2013-04-22

Total views
46 ( #225,072 of 59,876 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #463,180 of 59,876 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes