INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP
Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
September 17-21, 2006

Intonational Cues to Student Questions in Tutoring Dialogs

Jennifer J. Venditti, Julia Hirschberg, Jackson Liscombe

Columbia University, USA

Successful Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) must be able to recognize when their students are asking a question. They must identify question form as well as function in order to respond appropriately. Our study examines whether intonational features, specifically, F0 height and rise range, are useful cues to student question type in a corpus of 643 American English questions. Results show a quantitative effect of both form and function. In addition, among clarificationseeking questions, we observed differences based on the type of clarification being sought.

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Bibliographic reference.  Venditti, Jennifer J. / Hirschberg, Julia / Liscombe, Jackson (2006): "Intonational cues to student questions in tutoring dialogs", In INTERSPEECH-2006, paper 1407-Mon3A3O.3.