9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

How Can You Use Disfluencies and Still Sound as a Good Speaker?

Helena Moniz (1), Ana Isabel Mata (2), Isabel Trancoso (3), M. Ceu Viana (2)

(1) INESC-ID/CLUL, Portugal; (2) CLUL/FLUL, Portugal; (3) INESC-ID/IST, Portugal

This paper explores the results of a previous experiment concerning listeners' ratings of different types of (dis)fluencies and extends the analysis of such phenomena to a corpus of university lectures. Results suggest that, although not all disfluency types are equally tolerated by listeners, such differences may be overridden by an adequate control of tonal scaling and pause length, at least.

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Bibliographic reference.  Moniz, Helena / Mata, Ana Isabel / Trancoso, Isabel / Viana, M. Ceu (2008): "How can you use disfluencies and still sound as a good speaker?", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 1687.