4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Inter-Speaker Interaction of F0 in Dialogs

Kuniko Kakita

Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Toyama Prefectural University, Imizu-gun, Toyama, Japan

This paper presents some preliminary results of a study on inter-speaker interaction of fundamental frequency of voice (F0) during dialogs. Simple question-answer type dialogs (in Japanese) were recorded and analyzed. The results revealed all three possible patterns of F0 interaction. In some cases, the two speakers' F0 converged as the dialog progressed, while in other cases they diverged; there were also cases in which they maintained a parallel relation to each other throughout the dialog. The results also indicated that dialog-initial difference in the two speakers' F0 values was closely related to consequent overall pattern of F0 interaction during dialogs. Partner-dependent reorganization of dialog-initial F0 was observed for some of the speakers.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kakita, Kuniko (1996): "Inter-speaker interaction of F0 in dialogs", In ICSLP-1996, 689-692.