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Pitch and lengthening as cues to turn transition in Swedish
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Speech Communication and Technology.
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of Interspeech 2013, 2013, 248-252 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In many cases of turn transition in conversation, a new speaker may respond to phonetic cues from the end of the prior turn, including variation in prosodic features such as pitch and final lengthening. Although consistent pitch and lengthening features are well-established for some languages at potential points of turn transition, this is not necessarily the case for Swedish. The current study uses a two-alternative forced choice task to investigate how variation in pitch contour and lengthening at the ends of syntactically complete turns can influence listeners’ expectations of turn hold or turn transition. Both lengthening and pitch contour features were found to influence listeners’ judgments about whether turn transition would occur, with shorter length and higher final pitch peaks associated with turn hold. Furthermore, listeners were more certain about their judgments when asked about turn-hold rather than turn-change, suggesting an imbalance in the strength of turn-hold versus turn-transition cues.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. 248-252 p.
, Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH, ISSN 2308457X
Keyword [en]
Perception, Prosody, Turn-taking
National Category
Computer Science Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-137394ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84906212724OAI: diva2:678917
Interspeech 2013 - 14th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, Lyon, 25-29 August 2013

QC 20140912

Available from: 2013-12-13 Created: 2013-12-13 Last updated: 2014-09-12Bibliographically approved

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