I can (not) see you and this is where I draw a line: The effects of visibility and task type on lexical alignment and conversational outcomes.
The purpose of this study was to research to what degree collaboration and negotiation and seeing or not seeing one’s conversational partner differs in terms of lexical alignment and the conversational outcomes objective task success, perceived task success, perceived conversational success, sympathy, prosocialness, and perceived mutual understanding, by using both qualitative and quantitative measures. Task type did have an effect on all conversational outcomes: in collaboration, interlocutors had higher levels of objective task success, perceived task and conversational success, sympathy, prosocialness and perceived mutual understanding than in negotiation. Furthermore, all conversational outcomes were correlated, however no correlations were found between conversational outcomes and lexical alignment.
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