“LOL what?”: Empirical study of laughter in chat based dialogues

  • Vladislav Maraev Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP), Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg
  • Chiara Mazzocconi Laboratoire Linguistique Formelle (UMR 7110), Université de Paris
  • Gregory Mills Center for Language & Cognition Groningen (CLCG), University of Groningen
  • Christine Howes Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP), Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg

Abstract

We propose a method for investigation of laughter in incremental text-based dialogues. We report a proof-of concept pilot study which inserts spoof contributions into ongoing text based dialogues. These take the form of additional laughs and laughter clarification requests which appear to come from one’s dialogue partner. This pilot shows that this is a useful way to investigate laughter in dialogue.

Published
2020-10-09