Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

Silence and Discourse Context in Read Speech and Dialogues in Swedish

Sofia Gustafson-Capková (1), Beáta Megyesi (2)

(1) Computational Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University, Sweden
(2) Centre for Speech Technology, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

In this study, we investigate the correlation between silent pauses and discourse boundaries in the notion of theme shift. We examine three speaking styles in Swedish: professional and non-professional reading, and elicited spontaneous dialogues. Considerable attention is given to the syntactic and discourse context in which pauses appear, as well as the characteristics of the discourse structure in terms of pauses.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gustafson-Capková, Sofia / Megyesi, Beáta (2002): "Silence and discourse context in read speech and dialogues in Swedish", In SP-2002, 363-366.