DiSS-LPSS Joint Workshop 2010

The 5th Workshop on Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech
The 2nd International Symposium on Linguistic Patterns in Spontaneous Speech

Tokyo, Japan, September 25-26, 2010

Towards a Precise Model of Turn-Taking for Conversation: A Quantitative Analysis of Overlapped Utterances

Hanae Koiso (1), Yasuharu Den (2)

(1) National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Japan
(2) Faculty of Letters, Chiba University, Japan

In this paper, we present the outline of a new model of turntaking that is applicable not only to smooth transitions but also to transitions involving overlapping speech. We identify acoustic, prosodic, and syntactic cues in overlapped utterances that elicit early initiation of a next turn, based on a quantitative analysis of Japanese three-party conversations, proposing a model for predicting a turn's completion in an incremental fashion using sources from units at multiple levels.

Index Terms. turn-taking, overlapped utterances, incremental processing

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Koiso, Hanae / Den, Yasuharu (2010): "Towards a precise model of turn-taking for conversation: a quantitative analysis of overlapped utterances", In DiSS-LPSS-2010, 55-58.