5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Variance and Invariance in Speech Rate as a Reflection of Conceptual Planning

Janice Fon

The Ohio State University, USA

This study investigates the variance and invariance in speech rate as a reflection of conceptual planning and cognitive rhythm. A four-frame comic strip was used to elicit speech and low-pass smoothing was done afterwards to filter out high frequency noise. Results showed that subjects invariably planned narration in terms of story plots. Variance lies in the way subjects synchronize planning and execution stages. Some tended to start the execution stage before the planning stage ends while others were inclined to speak only after macroplanning was done. Lexical retrieval failure is one of the main causes for disruptive story-plot-based temporal cycle.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fon, Janice (1998): "Variance and invariance in speech rate as a reflection of conceptual planning", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0842.