The vocal intensity of turn-initial cue phrases in dialogue
2010 (English)In: Proceedings of the SIGDIAL 2010 Conference: 11th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group onDiscourse and Dialogue, 2010, 225-228 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The present study explores the vocal intensity of turn-initial cue phrases in a corpus of dialogues in Swedish. Cue phrases convey relatively little propositional content, but have several important pragmatic functions. The majority of these entities are frequently occurring monosyllabic words such as "eh", "mm", "ja". Prosodic analysis shows that these words are produced with higher intensity than other turn-initial words are. In light of these results, it is suggested that speakers produce these expressions with high intensity in order to claim the floor. It is further shown that the difference in intensity can be measured as a dynamic inter-speaker relation over the course of a dialogue using the end of the interlocutor's previous turn as a reference point.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. 225-228 p.
Cue phrase, High intensity, Monosyllabic words, Reference points, Vocal intensity
Computer Science Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-52144ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84857747258ISBN: 978-193243285-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-52144DiVA: diva2:465439
11th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, SIGDIAL 2010; Tokyo; Japan; 24 September 2010 through 25 September 2010
QC 201409022011-12-142011-12-142014-09-02Bibliographically approved