ISCA & IEEE Workshop on Spontaneous Speech Processing and Recognition

April 13-16, 2003
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Taxonomy of Spontaneous Speech Phenomena in Mandarin Conversation

Shu-Chuan Tseng

Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Spontaneous speech raises a number of research issues which cannot be observed in other types of speech data. Disfluent speech, ill-formed sequences and particular pronunciation variations mark the most important facet of spontaneous speech. The goal of this paper is to provide a taxonomy scheme of spontaneous speech phenomena, which offers the necessary basis for research works and applications dealing with spontaneous speech. The proposed taxonomy focuses on the phonetic and structural peculiarity and subsequently, the adequacy of this taxonomy is evaluated by empirically examining a corpus of annotated Mandarin data.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tseng, Shu-Chuan (2003): "Taxonomy of spontaneous speech phenomena in Mandarin conversation", in SSPR-2003, paper MAO2.