13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

A Corpus-Based Study of Interruptions in Spoken Dialogue

Agustín Gravano (1), Julia Hirschberg (2)

(1) Departamento de Computación & Laboratorio de Investigaciones Sensoriales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
(2) Department of Computer Science, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

We examine interruptions in a corpus of spontaneous task-oriented dialogue. We present evidence that interruptions occur at particular places in conversation. They are likely to occur during or after speech with certain acoustic/prosodic properties. We also examine the speech of interruptions themselves and find a number of significant differences between interrupting and non-interrupting turns.

Index Terms: interruption, turn-taking, prosody, dialogue

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Gravano, Agustín / Hirschberg, Julia (2012): "A corpus-based study of interruptions in spoken dialogue", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 855-858.