ISCA Archive ICSLP 1994
ISCA Archive ICSLP 1994

Timing strategies within the paragraph

Zita McRobbie-Utasi

The objective of the experiment reported on in this paper was to determine the temporal patterns associated with the paragraph in Skolt Sami (a Finno-Ugric language). The acoustic analysis of duration indicates that there is a correlation between sentence duration and sentence order within the paragraph. It will be argued that although preboundary lengthening does not appear to be relevant as a signal of the paragraph boundary, there is a clearly observable temporal pattern that keeps the duration of the paragraph constant. It can be stated that speakers make a conscious effort to organize paragraph constituent and pause durations in a manner showing evident correlation and planning of the temporal organization of the paragraph. These efforts are recognized as definite timing strategies for achieving the durational target associated with the paragraphs analyzed. Four types of such strategies were identified in this experiment. The existence of such recognizable timing strategies appears to support the claim that speakers aim at a certain durational target.


Cite as: McRobbie-Utasi, Z. (1994) Timing strategies within the paragraph. Proc. 3rd International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 1994), 383-386

@inproceedings{mcrobbieutasi94_icslp,
  author={Zita McRobbie-Utasi},
  title={{Timing strategies within the paragraph}},
  year=1994,
  booktitle={Proc. 3rd International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 1994)},
  pages={383--386}
}