It has been well-documented for several languages that human interlocutors tend to adapt their linguistic productions to become more similar to each other. This behavior, known as entrainment, affects lexical choice as well, both with regard to specific words, such as referring expressions, and overall style. We offer what we believe to be the first investigation of such lexical entrainment in Hebrew. Using two existing measures, we analyze Hebrew speakers interacting in a Map Task, a popular experimental setup, and find rich evidence of lexical entrainment. Analyzing speaker pairs by the combination of their genders as well as speakers by their individual gender, we find no clear pattern of differences. We do, however, find that speakers in a position of less power entrain more than those with greater power, which matches theoretical accounts. Overall, our results mostly accord with those for American English, with a lack of entrainment on hedge words being the main difference.
|Title of host publication||EACL 2021 - 16th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference|
|Publisher||Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 2021|
|Event||16th Conference of the European Chapter of the Associationfor Computational Linguistics, EACL 2021 - Virtual, Online|
Duration: 19 Apr 2021 → 23 Apr 2021
|Name||EACL 2021 - 16th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference|
|Conference||16th Conference of the European Chapter of the Associationfor Computational Linguistics, EACL 2021|
|Period||19/04/21 → 23/04/21|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the Open Media and Information Lab (OMILab) at The Open University of Israel [Grant No. 20184] and by the National Science Foundation [Grant No. 1845710].
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