Speech Prosody 2008

Campinas, Brazil
May 6-9, 2008

The Roles of Pause in Speech Expression

Izabel Cristina Viola, Sandra Madureira

Laboratório Integrado de Análise Acústica e Cognição (LIAAC), Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil

To study the behavior of the pause within the temporal structure of the speech, the combination of perceptual and acousticphonetic analysis is used for the delineation and measurement of the interruption of the audible flow of a theatrical interpretation performed by a single actor. Pauses were classified according to structural, functional, distributional and temporal criteria. The relevance of pause in structuring the oral discourse and in expressing emotions and attitudes is discussed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Viola, Izabel Cristina / Madureira, Sandra (2008): "The roles of pause in speech expression", In SP-2008, 721-724.