First International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 90)

Kobe, Japan
November 18-22, 1990

On the Role of Pauses in Production and Perception of Discourse

Miyoko Sugito

Osaka Shoin Women's College, Osaka, Japan

This paper reveals that there is not always a significant correlation between the durations of pauses and utterances in discourse, and that the duration of pause is mainly controlled by syntactic factors, with physiological factors playing only a secondary role. Listening tests were conducted using material collected from three different genres of speech, both with pauses intact and with pauses removed. The results indicate that pauses are indispensable for listeners as a rehearsal time for the short-term memory and therefore play an important role not only for the speaker, but also for the listeners.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sugito, Miyoko (1990): "On the role of pauses in production and perception of discourse", In ICSLP-1990, 513-516.