10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Are We `in Sync': Turn-Taking in Collaborative Dialogues

Štefan Beňuš

Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovak Republic

We used a corpus of collaborative task oriented dialogues in American English to compare two units of rhythmic structure pitch accents and syllables within the coupled oscillator model of rhythmical entrainment in turn-taking proposed in [1]. We found that pitch accents are a slightly better fit than syllables as the unit of rhythmical structure for the model, but we also observed weak support for the model in general. Some turn-taking types were rhythmically more salient than others.

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Bibliographic reference.  Beňuš, Štefan (2009): "Are we `in sync': turn-taking in collaborative dialogues", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 2167-2170.