Speech Prosody 2002

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

The Prosodic Status of Breaks in Running Speech: Examination and Evaluation

Chiu-yu Tseng

Institute of Linguistics (Preparatory Office), Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Recent investigations of prosody organization appeared to focus more on how best to determine operating prosodic units and how these units are put together. However, the prosodic role of breaks/pauses in running speech has not received due attention. This paper shows that breaks in running speech functions as a prosodic unit on their own, are perceptually significant in a systematic manner and therefore should be considered as a necessary feature and cue in the organization of speech prosody.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tseng, Chiu-yu (2002): "The prosodic status of breaks in running speech: examination and evaluation", In SP-2002, 667-670.