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Prosody and hand gesture at turn boundaries in Swedish
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4628-3769
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7801-7617
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody, International Speech Communications Association , 2016, 831-835 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In order to ensure smooth turn-taking between conversational participants, interlocutors must have ways of providing information to one another about whether they have finished speaking or intend to continue. The current work investigates Swedish speakers’ use of hand gestures in conjunction with turn change or turn hold in unrestricted, spontaneous speech. As has been reported by other researchers, we find that speakers’ gestures end before the end of speech in cases of turn change, while they may extend well beyond the end of a given speech chunk in the case of turn hold. We investigate the degree to which prosodic cues and gesture cues to turn transition in Swedish face-to-face conversation are complementary versus functioning additively. The co-occurrence of acoustic prosodic features and gesture at potential turn boundaries gives strong support for considering hand gestures as part of the prosodic system, particularly in the context of discourse-level information such as maintaining smooth turn transition.

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International Speech Communications Association , 2016. 831-835 p.
Keyword [en]
Gesture, Multimodal communication, Swedish, Turn transition, Co-occurrence, Face-to-face conversation, Multimodal communications, Prosodic features, Smooth turn-taking, Spontaneous speech, Swedishs, Speech
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Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-195492ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84982980451OAI: diva2:1049777
8th Speech Prosody 2016, 31 May 2016 through 3 June 2016

QC 20161125

Available from: 2016-11-25 Created: 2016-11-03 Last updated: 2016-11-25Bibliographically approved

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