The Montclair Map Task: Balance, Efficacy, and Efficiency in Conversational Interaction

Jennifer Pardo, Adelya Urmanche, Hannah Gash, Jaclyn Wiener, Nicholas Mason, Sherilyn Wilman, Keagan Francis, Alexa Decker

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This paper introduces a conversational speech corpus collected during the completion of a map-matching task that is available for research purposes via the Montclair State University Digital Commons Data Repository. The Montclair Map Task is a new, role-neutral conversational task that involves paired iconic maps with labeled landmarks and a path drawn from a start point, around various landmarks, to a finish mark. One advantage of this task-oriented corpus is the ability to derive independent objective measures of task performance for both members of a conversational pair that can be related to aspects of communicative style. A total of 96 native English speakers completed the task in 16 same-sex female, 16 same-sex male, and 16 mixed-sex pairings. Conversations averaged 32 minutes in duration, yielding approximately 217,000 words. The transcription protocol delineates events such as speaking turns, inter-turn intervals, landmark phrases, fillers, pauses, overlaps, and backchannels, making this corpus a useful tool for investigating dynamics of conversational interaction. Analyses of communication efficacy and efficiency reveal that male pairs of talkers were less efficient than female and mixed-sex pairs with respect to partner map-matching task performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-398
Number of pages21
JournalLanguage and Speech
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2019

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  • Conversational interaction
  • communication efficiency
  • conversation corpus

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Pardo, J., Urmanche, A., Gash, H., Wiener, J., Mason, N., Wilman, S., ... Decker, A. (2019). The Montclair Map Task: Balance, Efficacy, and Efficiency in Conversational Interaction. Language and Speech, 62(2), 378-398. https://doi.org/10.1177/0023830918775435
Pardo, Jennifer ; Urmanche, Adelya ; Gash, Hannah ; Wiener, Jaclyn ; Mason, Nicholas ; Wilman, Sherilyn ; Francis, Keagan ; Decker, Alexa. / The Montclair Map Task : Balance, Efficacy, and Efficiency in Conversational Interaction. In: Language and Speech. 2019 ; Vol. 62, No. 2. pp. 378-398.
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The Montclair Map Task : Balance, Efficacy, and Efficiency in Conversational Interaction. / Pardo, Jennifer; Urmanche, Adelya; Gash, Hannah; Wiener, Jaclyn; Mason, Nicholas; Wilman, Sherilyn; Francis, Keagan; Decker, Alexa.

In: Language and Speech, Vol. 62, No. 2, 01.06.2019, p. 378-398.

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