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Belz, Malte and Reichel, Uwe D. (2015): Pitch characteristics of filled pauses in spontaneous speech. In: UNSPECIFIED [PDF, 41kB]

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Abstract

We investigate the pitch characteristics of filled pauses in order to distinguish between hesitational and floor-holding functions of filled pauses. A corpus of spontaneous dialogues is explored using a parametric bottom-up approach to extract intonation contours. We find that subjects tend to utter filled pauses more prominently when they cannot see each other, which indicates an increased floor-holding usage of filled pauses in this condition.

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