Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

On the Structure of Spoken Language

Nick Campbell

Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute, Media Information Science Laboratory, Department of Cognitive Media Informatics, Keihanna Science City, Kyoto, Japan

The special structure of spoken language is often described as .ill-formed. but this paper shows that it is ideally suited to the simultaneous expression of (a) propositional content (i.e., linguistic information) and (b) speaker-state, discourse management cues, and speaker-listener-relationships (i.e., affective information). This paper shows that by the frequent insertion of so-called "fillers" and other repetitive fragments, the speaker provides the listener with constant reference points for evaluating affective states as displayed by voice-quality information.

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Bibliographic reference.  Campbell, Nick (2006): "On the structure of spoken language", In SP-2006, paper 270.