Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
September 17-21, 2006

A Case Study in the Identification of Prosodic Cues to Turn-Taking: Back-Channeling in Arabic

Nigel G. Ward, Yaffa Al Bayyari

University of Texas at El Paso, USA

Discovering and quantifying the prosodic signals that help manage turn-taking is difficult, in part because of the limitations of commonly used methods. This paper presents an integrated method that uses both perceptually-based analysis and quantitative analysis. The eight activities involved in the method - clarification of aims, problem formulation, corpus preparation, feature discovery, feature combination, hypothesis refinement, tuning, and evaluation - are illustrated using task of finding prosodic cues for back-channel feedback in Arabic.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ward, Nigel G. / Bayyari, Yaffa Al (2006): "A case study in the identification of prosodic cues to turn-taking: back-channeling in Arabic", In INTERSPEECH-2006, paper 1257-Wed3WeS.5.