Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

Characteristics Features of Planning of Speech and Production of Secondary Schoolchildren's Spontaneous Speech

Maria Laczko


In this paper we analyse adolescents' speech production by comparing their use of planning strategies in terms of hesitation phenomena occurring in adolescents' spontaneous speech and their articulation rates and pauses. Our preliminary assumption was that students with a weak ability of speech as a poor linguistic skill is characterized by more pauses and hesitation phenomena occurring in their speech because the poor speaker does not exactly know what he will say consequently more number of their hesitation in the first part of the speech planning process can frequently appear in the second part of it as in the production. Furthermore we try to discuss: i) whether it is possible to demonstrate the existence of any interrelation between articulation rate and pauses in their spontaneous speech in terms of their abilty of speech as a characteristic feature; ii) can articulete rate and hesitation phenomena be used as objective indicators of their linguistic skill. A series of experiments has been carried out with the participation of secondary school students as 'good' and 'poor' speakers. In order to discuss the questions mentioned above 5-5 minutes of spontaneous speech samples of 17 year old students (number of them was 10 ) were recorded for analyses.

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Bibliographic reference.  Laczko, Maria (1999): "Characteristics features of planning of speech and production of secondary schoolchildren's spontaneous speech", In EUROSPEECH'99, 202.