4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Utterance Units and Grounding in Spoken Dialogue

David R. Traum, Peter A. Heeman

Université de Geneve (Switzerland) and University of Rochester (USA)

Defining an utterance unit in spoken dialogue has remained a difficult issue. To shed light on this question,we consider grounding behavior in dialogue, and examine co-occurrences between turn-initial grounding acts and utterance unit signals that have been proposed in the literal, namely prosodic boundary tones and pauses. Preliminary results indicate high correlation between grounding and boundary tones, with a secondary correlation for longer pauses.

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Bibliographic reference.  Traum, David R. / Heeman, Peter A. (1996): "Utterance units and grounding in spoken dialogue", In ICSLP-1996, 1884-1887.