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On cue - additive effects of turn-regulating phenomena in dialogue
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Speech Communication and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3585-8077
2009 (English)In: Diaholmia, 2009, 27-34 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

One line of work on turn-taking in dialogue suggests that speakers react to “cues” or “signals” in the behaviour of the preceding speaker. This paper describes a perception experiment that investigates if such potential turn-taking cues affect the judgments made by non-participating listeners. The experiment was designed as a game where the task was to listen to dialogues and guess the outcome, whether there will be a speaker change or not, whenever the recording was halted. Human-human dialogues as well as dialogues where one of the human voices was replaced by a synthetic voice were used. The results show that simultaneous turn-regulating cues have a reinforcing effect on the listeners’ judgements. The more turn-holding cues, the faster the reaction time, suggesting that the subjects were more confident in their judgments. Moreover, the more cues, regardless if turn-holding or turn-yielding, the higher the agreement among subjects on the predicted outcome. For the re-synthesized voice, responses were made significantly slower; however, the judgments show that the turn-taking cues were interpreted as having similar functions as for the original human voice.

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2009. 27-34 p.
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Computer Science Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-52080OAI: diva2:465374
tmh_import_11_12_14. QC 20120119Available from: 2011-12-14 Created: 2011-12-14 Last updated: 2012-01-19Bibliographically approved

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