ISCA & IEEE Workshop on Spontaneous Speech Processing and Recognition

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

Japanese Copula Marker Works as a Filler in Spontaneous Speech

Takehiko Maruyama (1), Hideki Tanaka (1), Hideki Kashioka (2)

(1) ATR Spoken Language Translation Research Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan
(2) The National Institute for Japanese Language, Japan

The Japanese syntactic form desune generally works as a copula marker, but sometimes it also works as a filler in spoken language. We examine the distribution and characteristics of two aspects of desune through spontaneous speech corpora, called ASU and CSJ. We also compare desune with other fillers and indicate the similarities between them.

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Bibliographic reference.  Maruyama, Takehiko / Tanaka, Hideki / Kashioka, Hideki (2003): "Japanese copula marker works as a filler in spontaneous speech", in SSPR-2003, paper TAP7.