13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

Temporal Entrainment in Overlapped Speech: Cross-linguistic Study

Marcin Włodarczak (1), Juraj Šimko (1,2), Petra Wagner (1)

(1) Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies; (2) CITEC;
Bielefeld University, Germany

In a previous paper we investigated how onsets of overlapped speech in English are timed with respect to syllable boundaries of the current speaker [1]. Overlap initiations were found to be more frequent around syllable boundaries than at other locations within the syllable. In this paper we extend the previous analysis by reporting on results from two other corpora in two different languages (French and German). We found similar trends in all three datasets with an increased likelihood of an overlap initiation shortly before vowel onsets in the interlocutor's speech.

Index Terms: dialogue rhythm, temporal entrainment, overlapped speech, turn-taking


  1. M. Włodarczak, J. Šimko, and P. Wagner, “Syllable boundary effect: temporal entrainment in overlapped speech,” in Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2012

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Włodarczak, Marcin / Šimko, Juraj / Wagner, Petra (2012): "Temporal entrainment in overlapped speech: cross-linguistic study", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 615-618.