Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Repair Patterns in Spontaneous Chinese Dialogs: Morphemes, Words, and Phrases

Shu-Chuan Tseng

Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, ROC

Applying experimental and empirical results of linguistic analyses on Chinese speech repairs, this paper presents a new line of research on the relationship of constituent boundaries and speech repairs in spoken Mandarin Chinese. A judgement experiment was carried out to look for particularity of Chinese repairs, so that preliminary results can be obtained. Based on the results, regular repair patterns were determined in relation to three constituent levels: morpheme, word, and phrase. Furthermore, a detailed corpus analysis on Chinese spontaneous dialogs shows that these three constituent units in spoken Chinese influence the production of speech repairs in different ways. The interrelationship of the constituent boundaries and the repair patterns is empirically illustrated. This leads to the conclusion that research on speech repairs not only helps language understanding systems in the way that they can cope with spontaneous speech phenomena. This kind of research also provides empirical cues to the construction of linguistic theories.


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Bibliographic reference.  Tseng, Shu-Chuan (2000): "Repair patterns in spontaneous Chinese dialogs: morphemes, words, and phrases", In ICSLP-2000, vol.1, 453-456.