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

Prosodic Cues to Engagement in Non-Lexical Response Tokens in Swedish

Joakim Gustafson, Daniel Neiberg

Department of Speech, Music and Hearing, KTH, Sweden

This paper investigates the prosodic patterns of non-lexical response tokens in a Swedish call-in radio show. The feedback of a professional speaker was investigated to give insight in how to build a simulated active listener that could encourage its users to continue talking. Possible domains for such systems include customer care and second language learning. The prosodic analysis of the non-lexical response tokens showed that the engagement level decreases over time. Prosodic cues to this include change in syllabicity, pitch slope and loudness. We have also investigated prosodic alignment, to see to what extent the active listener mimic the prosody of the callers in his non-lexical response tokens.

Index Terms. listener responses, prosodic cues, turn management, prosodic alignment

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Bibliographic reference.  Gustafson, Joakim / Neiberg, Daniel (2010): "Prosodic cues to engagement in non-lexical response tokens in Swedish", In DiSS-LPSS-2010, 63-66.