16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Dresden, Germany
September 6-10, 2015

Automatic Detection and Annotation of Disfluencies in Spoken French Corpora

George Christodoulides (1), Mathieu Avanzi (2)

(1) Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
(2) University of Cambridge, UK

In this paper we propose a multi-step system for the semi-automatic detection and annotation of disfluencies in spoken corpora. A set of rules, statistical models and machine learning techniques are applied to the input, which is a transcription aligned to the speech signal. The system uses the results of an automatic estimation of prosodic, part-of-speech and shallow syntactic features. We present a detailed coding scheme for simple disfluencies (filled pauses, mispronunciations, false starts, drawls and intra-word pauses), structured disfluencies (repetitions, deletions, substitutions, insertions) and complex disfluencies. The system is trained and evaluated on a transcribed corpus of spontaneous French speech, consisting of 112 different speakers and balanced for speaker age and sex, covering 14 different varieties of French spoken in Belgium, France and Switzerland.

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Bibliographic reference.  Christodoulides, George / Avanzi, Mathieu (2015): "Automatic detection and annotation of disfluencies in spoken French corpora", In INTERSPEECH-2015, 1849-1853.