5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Analysis of Occurrence of Pauses and Their Durations in Japanese Text Reading

Hiroya Fujisaki, Sumio Ohno, Seiji Yamada

Department of Applied Electronics, Science University of Tokyo, Japan

Pauses play important roles both for the intelligibility and the naturalness of speech. Their occurrences and durations in text reading are influenced by syntactic structures of the text as well as by physiological constraints of respiration on the part of the speaker. The present paper describes some of the preliminary findings on Japanese text reading, especially on the effects of the syntactic role of the preceding phrase on the rate of occurrence and the duration of a pause at a syntactic boundary.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fujisaki, Hiroya / Ohno, Sumio / Yamada, Seiji (1998): "Analysis of occurrence of pauses and their durations in Japanese text reading", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0831.