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Zellers, Margaret
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Zellers, M. (2017). Prosodic Variation and Segmental Reduction and Their Roles in Cuing Turn Transition in Swedish. Language and Speech, 60(3), 454-478
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Prosodic Variation and Segmental Reduction and Their Roles in Cuing Turn Transition in Swedish
2017 (English)In: Language and Speech, ISSN 0023-8309, E-ISSN 1756-6053, Vol. 60, no 3, p. 454-478Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Prosody has often been identified alongside syntax as a cue to turn hold or turn transition in conversational interaction. However, evidence for which prosodic cues are most relevant, and how strong those cues are, has been somewhat scattered. The current study addresses prosodic cues to turn transition in Swedish. A perception study looking closely at turn changes and holds in cases where the syntax does not lead inevitably to a particular outcome shows that Swedish listeners are sensitive to duration variations, even in the very short space of the final unstressed syllable of a turn, and that they may use pitch cues to a lesser extent. An investigation of production data indicates that duration, and to some extent segmental reduction, demonstrate consistent variation in relation to the types of turn boundaries they accompany, while fundamental frequency and glottalization do not. Taken together, these data suggest that duration may be the primary cue to turn transition in Swedish conversation, rather than fundamental frequency, as some other studies have suggested.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE Publications Ltd, 2017
interaction, Prosody, Swedish, turn-taking, conversation, human, perception, pitch
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Computer and Information Sciences
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-216173 (URN)10.1177/0023830916658680 (DOI)000418283300006 ()28915778 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85029580909 (Scopus ID)
Swedish Research Council, VR-435-2011-6871

QC 20171124

Available from: 2017-11-24 Created: 2017-11-24 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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