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date: 18 September 2020

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This article discusses the challenge of dialogue for language processing. It highlights two aspects of such processing: (1) interactive alignment, whereby speakers align their use of language to support aligned situation models, and (2) prediction-by-simulation, whereby speakers use comprehension processes to predict what they are about to say and listeners use production processes to predict what they are about to hear. It argues that these two aspects of language processing make fluent coordinated dialogues possible. It then discusses how alignment and prediction-by-simulation complement each other to support efficient dialogue processing. Finally, it discusses how different communicative activity types engage prediction-by-simulation to different degrees and argues for the importance of the social setting in accounting for how people process language.

Keywords: Communicative activity types, comprehension, dialogue, interactive alignment, prediction, production, simulation, situation model

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