The Discourse Marker “so” in Turn-Taking and Turn-Releasing Behavior

Emma Rennie, Rebecca Lunsford, Peter A. Heeman

Although so is a recognized discourse marker, little work has explored its uses in turn-taking, especially when it is not followed by additional speech. In this paper we explore the use of the discourse marker so as it pertains to turn-taking and turn-releasing. Specifically, we compare the duration and intensity of so when used to take a turn, mid-utterance, and when releasing a turn. We found that durations of turn-retaining tokens are generally shorter than turn-releases; we also found that turn-retaining tokens tend to be lower in intensity than the following speech. These trends of turn-taking behavior alongside certain lexical and prosodic features may prove useful for the development of speech-recognition software.

DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-547

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Rennie, E., Lunsford, R., Heeman, P.A. (2016) The Discourse Marker “so” in Turn-Taking and Turn-Releasing Behavior. Proc. Interspeech 2016, 1280-1284.

author={Emma Rennie and Rebecca Lunsford and Peter A. Heeman},
title={The Discourse Marker “so” in Turn-Taking and Turn-Releasing Behavior},
booktitle={Interspeech 2016},