Interactive alignment and prediction 
in dialogue

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In this chapter we discuss Pickering and Garrod&#8217;s (2004) <i>interactive alignment</i> account of dialogue processing and consider a range of evidence supporting the model. We then introduce a more nuanced account of interactive alignment than that in Pickering and Garrod (2004) based on speakers&#8217; and listeners&#8217; ability to predict what they are about to say or hear using forward language models (Pickering &#38; Garrod, 2013). In this account interactive alignment comes about in part from the matching between interlocutors&#8217; predictions. Finally, we consider how this development relates to the research reported in other chapters in this volume.


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