Second International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP'92)

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

Familiarity With the Language Transcribed and Context as Determinants of Intratranscriber Agreement

Catia Cucchiarini (1), Renee van Bezooijen (2)

(1) Department of Language and Speech, University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
(2) Department of General Linguistics and Dialectology, University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

This paper discusses some of the findings obtained in a study on transcription variation. The aim of this study was to determine to what extent segmental transcriptions are influenced by the following factors: familiarity with the language transcribed, context, and speech style. Speech material in which these factors were systematically varied was transcribed by a number of subjects on different occasions. The work presented here concerns the amount of variation observed within transcribers. Mean distance values between transcriptions, which represent the inverse of intratranscriber agreement, were calculated separately for consonants and vowels by means of a transcription alignment algorithm. The data obtained were subsequently submitted to analyses of variance. In discussing the results attention is focussed on the effects of the factors 'familiarity with the language transcribed' and 'context' and the interaction between them.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cucchiarini, Catia / Bezooijen, Renee van (1992): "Familiarity with the language transcribed and context as determinants of intratranscriber agreement", In ICSLP-1992, 987-990.