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The dialogues were collected in a referential communication task that involved furnishing a dolls’ house.
Participants were assigned the roles of director and matcher. The director described the arrangement of a pre-furnished dolls’ house while the matcher furnished an empty dolls’ house. After completing the task they switched roles. There were two different kinds of arrangements: one ‘functional’ where the furniture was arranged conventionally as in a living room, bedroom etc., and one ‘non-functional’ where the same set of furniture was arranged randomly. Participants started with the functional or the non-functional arrangement and completed the other one after switching roles.

Project leaders: Thora Tenbrink, Elena Andonova, Kenny Coventry
Funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) through the SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition (I5-DiaSpace) and the Hanse Institute for Advanced Studies, Delmenhorst, Germany.

Registration enables access to the transcriptions of the verbal data in an Excel file (85,781 words), photographs of the furnished houses, and anonymised participant information. Please provide a valid email address and your academic affiliation (if applicable). Please cite the following paper when referring to the dialogue corpus:

Tenbrink, Thora, Andonova, Elena, Schole, Gesa, and Coventry, Kenny R. (2017). Communicative success in spatial dialogue: The impact of functional features and dialogic strategies. Language and Speech 60:2, 318–329.

Further publications based on the corpus include:

Tenbrink, Thora, Elena Andonova, and Kenny Coventry. 2008. Negotiating spatial relationships in dialogue: The role of the addressee. In Jonathan Ginzburg, Pat Healey & Yo Sato (eds.), Proceedings of LONDIAL – The 12th SEMDIAL workshop, June 2nd - June 4th, 2008, King's College, London, UK, pp. 201-208, ISSN 1470-5559, London, UK: Queen Mary University.

Schole, Gesa, Thora Tenbrink, Kenny Coventry, and Elena Andonova. 2014. Tailoring Object Orientation Descriptions to the Dialogue Context. Proceedings of SemDial 2014 - The 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (DialWatt), Edinburgh, 1-3 September 2014.

Schole, Gesa, Thora Tenbrink, Elena Andonova, and Kenny Coventry. 2013. Successful Strategies for Ambiguity Resolution in Dialogue. Proceedings of SemDial 2013 - The 17th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (DialDam), Amsterdam, 16-18 December 2013.