Gus Cooney.

6. Distribution of gaps and overlaps across speaker transitions.

Negative intervals are classified as “overlaps,” indicating the presence of simultaneous speech on the part of two conversation partners. Positive values are“gaps,” indicating a stretch of silence between turns. The results indicated that the median between-speaker turn interval was +80 ms and was distributed approximately normally. These results are similar to those previously observed in […]

5. The frequency of backchannel words across the corpus

Backchannel words are a foundational element of conversation that occurs at an approximate rate of 1000 per hour of speech; listeners deployed them in nearly two-thirds of speaker turns that were five words or longer.“Generic” continues, such as“uh huh,” may function to signal to speakers that they should keep talking. In contrast,“specific” backchannel words, such […]

4. Behavior patterns of good and bad conversationalists. (AtoF)

The behavioral patterns of good conversationalists (top 25% of partner-rated conversationalist score; depicted in blue) and bad conversationalists (bottom 25%; depicted in red) are depicted. Horizontal axes denote turn-level feature deciles. The y-axis indicates the mean proportion of turns in a category for a good or bad conversationalist. Error bars represent 95% confidence intervals. Top, […]


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Interests & hobbies

Embarking on adventures through skiing, immersing myself in diverse cultures through rugs and textiles, and finding serenity in the art of surfing – these are the passion that shape my life.