Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

The Distribution of Fillers in Lectures in the Japanese Language

Michiko Watanabe, Carlos Toshinori Ishi

University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

The present study investigated the distribution of five types of fillers in Japanese-language lectures. It was found that the distribution pattern differed depending on the kind of fillers; e, eto and ma tended to appear more often at major syntactic boundaries such as sentence- and clause- boundaries than ano and sono. Sono never occurred at sentence boundaries. These findings suggest that the use of different kinds of fillers may reflect different processes in speech delivery.


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Bibliographic reference.  Watanabe, Michiko / Ishi, Carlos Toshinori (2000): "The distribution of fillers in lectures in the Japanese language", In ICSLP-2000, vol.3, 167-170.