5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Pausing in Swedish Spontaneous Speech

Petra Hansson

Lund University, Sweden

Pauses in spontaneous speech have a less restricted distribution than pauses in read discourse; however, they are not distributed in a haphazard way. The majority of the perceived pauses in the examined Swedish spontaneous speech material, 73%, occurred in one of the following positions: between sentences, after discourse markers and conjunctions, and before accented content words. There is a range of acoustic correlates of perceived pauses in spontaneous speech, such as silent intervals, hesitation sounds, prepausal lengthening, glottalization and specific F0 patterns. The acoustic manifestation of a pause, e.g. the duration of the pause and the F0 pattern associated with the pause, is to some extent dependent on the pause's position and function.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hansson, Petra (1998): "Pausing in Swedish spontaneous speech", In ICSLP-1998, paper 1042.