Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Inter-Speaker Interaction in Speech Rhythm: Some Durational Properties of Sentences and Intersentence Intervals

Kuniko Kakita

Toyama Prefectural University, Toyama, Japan

The present study aims to investigate inter-speaker interaction in speech production. Utterance texts consisting of five short sentences were read by five subjects in two different ways. In one instance, a series of five sentences were read through by a single speaker; in the other instance, the second speaker took over from the first speaker after the third sentence. The duration of the sentences and intersentence intervals following the takeover were compared with those at corresponding locations in single speaker readings. The results showed that both the sentence duration and the interval duration following the takeover deviated from one's 'preferred' duration obtained from single speaker readings. The deviation was mostly assimilative, i.e., the sentence and interval durations became more like those of the preceding speaker's. The results also indicated that sentence duration and interval duration differed characteristically in the way they were affected by another speaker's speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kakita, Kuniko (1994): "Inter-speaker interaction in speech rhythm: some durational properties of sentences and intersentence intervals", In ICSLP-1994, 131-134.