Acoustic-Prosodic and Lexical Entrainment in Deceptive Dialogue

Sarah Ita Levitan, Jessica Xiang, Julia Hirschberg


Entrainment is the phenomenon of interlocutors’ behaviors becoming similar to each others in dialogue. We analyze entrainment in acoustic-prosodic and lexical dimensions in a deceptive speech corpus of dialogues between native speakers of Mandarin Chinese and Standard American English, both speaking in English. Our results show evidence of entrainment in deceptive speech in multiple dimensions. Further, we identify differences in entrainment behavior between deceptive and truthful speech. These differences suggest that entrainment behavior can be a useful indicator of truthful and deceptive speech, with potential applications for automatic deception detection.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-108

Cite as: Levitan, S.I., Xiang, J., Hirschberg, J. (2018) Acoustic-Prosodic and Lexical Entrainment in Deceptive Dialogue. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 532-536, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-108.


@inproceedings{Levitan2018,
  author={Sarah Ita Levitan and Jessica Xiang and Julia Hirschberg},
  title={Acoustic-Prosodic and Lexical Entrainment in Deceptive Dialogue},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={532--536},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-108},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-108}
}