ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000
ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000

Pitch accents, boundary tones and turn-taking in dutch map task dialogues

Johanneke Caspers

The present paper reports on an investigation of Dutch Map Task dialogues, looking for specific melodic turn-keeping cues. The materials were divided into so-called Inter Pausal Units (cf. [1]), and all IPU boundaries were labeled as instances of either turn-keeping or turn-changing. The pitch accents and boundary tones preceding the IPU boundaries were labeled in the ToDI system [2]. Results indicate one particular melodic configuration that seems typically associated with turn-keeping: an accent-lending rise followed by level high pitch (H* %). But also the level boundary tone (%) in itself and - to a lesser extent - the rising pitch accent (H*) seem to function as melodic turn-keeping cues.

Koiso, H., Horiuchi, Y., Tutiya, S., Ichikawa, A., and Den, Y., "An analysis of turn-taking and backchannels based on prosodic and syntactic features in Japanese Map Task dialogs", Language and Speech 41, 295-321, 1998.


Cite as: Caspers, J. (2000) Pitch accents, boundary tones and turn-taking in dutch map task dialogues. Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000), vol. 1, 565-568

@inproceedings{caspers00_icslp,
  author={Johanneke Caspers},
  title={{Pitch accents, boundary tones and turn-taking in dutch map task dialogues}},
  year=2000,
  booktitle={Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000)},
  pages={vol. 1, 565-568}
}