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Communicative needs and respiratory constraints
Stockholms Universitet, Sweden.
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Speech Communication and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9327-9482
2015 (English)In: Proc of Interspeech 2015, Dresden, Germany, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates timing of communicative behaviour with respect to speaker’s respiratory cycle. The data is drawn from a corpus of multiparty conversations in Swedish. We find that while longer utterances (> 1 s) are tied, predictably, primarily to exhalation onset, shorter vocalisations are spread more uniformly across the respiratory cycle. In addition, nods, which are free from any respiratory constraints, are most frequently found around exhalation offsets, where respiratory requirements for even a short utterance are not satisfied. We interpret the results to reflect the economy principle in speech production, whereby respiratory effort, associated primarily with starting a new respiratory cycle, is minimised within the scope of speaker’s communicative goals.

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Dresden, Germany, 2015.
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Computer Science Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180411OAI: diva2:893727
Interspeech 2015

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