ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000
ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000

Talking to thimble jellies: children²s conversational speech with animated characters

Sharon Oviatt

As spoken language systems become more conversational in nature, new interfaces are emerging with animated characters that are designed to elicit and manage a conversation with the user. In the present study, the spoken language of ten 6-to-10-year-old children was compared while interacting with an animated character in the I SEE! interface and again while interacting with a human adult. Analyses revealed that 25% of children’s utterances contained disfluencies or idiosyncratic lexical content that would be difficult for a recognizer to process. Children had significantly higher disfluency rates than adults, and a steeper slope in their rate of disfluencies as a function of utterance length. The long-term goal of this research is the development of appropriate and robust conversational interfaces for children.


Cite as: Oviatt, S. (2000) Talking to thimble jellies: children²s conversational speech with animated characters. Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000), vol. 3, 877-880

@inproceedings{oviatt00c_icslp,
  author={Sharon Oviatt},
  title={{Talking to thimble jellies: children²s conversational speech with animated characters}},
  year=2000,
  booktitle={Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000)},
  pages={vol. 3, 877-880}
}