Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Pitch Accents, Boundary Tones and Turn-Taking in Dutch Map Task Dialogues

Johanneke Caspers

Phonetics Laboratory/Holland Institute of Generative Linguistics, Leiden, The Netherlands

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.


  1. 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.

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Bibliographic reference.  Caspers, Johanneke (2000): "Pitch accents, boundary tones and turn-taking in dutch map task dialogues", In ICSLP-2000, vol.1, 565-568.