5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

A Linguistic Analysis of Repair Signals in Co-operative Spoken Dialogues

Shu-Chuan Tseng

LiLi, University of Bielefeld, Germany

This paper presents results of a corpus-based analysis of speech repairs, investigating repair signals which mark the existence of possible repairs. Dividing speech repairs into three parts: erroneous part, editing term and correction, this paper provides empirical evidence which supports the notion that speech repairs are produced in a rather regular syntactic pattern. Phrases seem to play a particular role in the production of speech repairs, as phrasal boundaries frequently correspond to boundaries within or around repairs. Related acoustic-prosodic features highlighting the internal structure of repairs including F0 , duration and tonal patterns are also examined and discussed with respect to specific syntactic patterns.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tseng, Shu-Chuan (1998): "A linguistic analysis of repair signals in co-operative spoken dialogues", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0993.