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Communicative needs and respiratory constraints
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH.
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH, International Speech Communication Association, 2015, 3051-3055 p.Conference paper (Refereed)Text
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. Copyright

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International Speech Communication Association, 2015. 3051-3055 p.
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Breathing, Multimodal feedback, Multiparty conversation, Speech production
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Other Engineering and Technologies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187537ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84959092510OAI: diva2:937959
16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2015, 6 September 2015 through 10 September 2015

QC 20160616

Available from: 2016-06-16 Created: 2016-05-25 Last updated: 2016-06-16Bibliographically approved

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