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

Euh as Cue for Speaker Confidence and Word Searching in Human Spoken Answers in French

Anne Garcia-Fernandez (1,2), Ioana Vasilescu (2), Sophie Rosset (2)

(1) University Paris-Sud; (2) LIMSI-CNRS; Orsay, France

This paper deals with the contextual analysis of the vocalic hesitation euh in French in a corpus of human elicited answers. Through the analysis of the contextual combinatorial patterns, the new information introductory role of this vocalic hesitation is investigated. Observations supports trends noticed in other languages and suggest potential optimization for question answering automatic systems.

Index Terms. vocalic hesitation, feeling of knowing, rephrasing, interaction management, QA systems

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Bibliographic reference.  Garcia-Fernandez, Anne / Vasilescu, Ioana / Rosset, Sophie (2010): "euh as cue for speaker confidence and word searching in human spoken answers in French", In DiSS-LPSS-2010, 79-80.