Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

A Comparison of Disfluency Distribution in a Unimodal and a Multimodal Speech Interface

Linda Bell (1), Robert Eklund (2), Joakim Gustafson (1)

(1) Centre for Speech Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
(2) Telia Research AB, Farsta, Sweden and NLPLab, Dept. of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University, Sweden

In this paper, we compare the distribution of disfluencies in two human–computer dialogue corpora. One corpus consists of unimodal travel booking dialogues, which were recorded over the telephone. In this unimodal system, all components except the speech recognition were authentic. The other corpus was collected using a semi-simulated multi-modal dialogue system with an animated talking agent and a clickable map. The aim of this paper is to analyze and discuss the effects of modality, task and interface design on the distribution and frequency of disfluencies in these two corpora.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bell, Linda / Eklund, Robert / Gustafson, Joakim (2000): "A comparison of disfluency distribution in a unimodal and a multimodal speech interface", In ICSLP-2000, vol.3, 626-629.