Disfluency and discursive markers: when prosody and syntax plan discourse

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

The 6th Workshop on Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech (DiSS 2013), Volume 54, Number 1, Stockholm, Sweden, p.5-8 (2013)

ISBN:

978-91-981276-0-7

URL:

http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/diss_2013/papers/dis6_005.pdf

Keywords:

discursive marker, disfluency, DiSS, genres

Abstract:

Hesitations, interruptions within phrases or within words are common in spontaneous speech. Those phenomena are widely known to be observable from a prosodic point of view through disfluencies. From a syntactic point of view, many studies already established that discursive markers such as hm, oh, I mean, etc. are representative of spontaneous speech. In this study, we demonstrate through a joint corpus-based analysis that these prosodical and syntactical features are correlated, without however being equivalent. More precisely, the lack of either disfluencies or discursive markers is consistently shown to be representative of a planned discourse.

Notes:

KTH Royal Institute of Technology; August 21-23, 2013