Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

Syllable Boundary Effect: Temporal Entrainment in Overlapped Speech

Marcin Włodarczak (1), Juraj Šimko (1,2), Petra Wagner (1)

(1) Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies; (2) CITEC
Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

In this paper we investigate one aspect of temporal entrainment in dialogue, namely how onsets of overlapped speech are timed with respect to syllable boundaries of the current speaker. Overlap initiation were found to be more frequent around syllable boundaries than at other locations within the syllable. Some evidence that the turn onset timing is also influenced by the regularity of the preceding syllables and by changes in speech tempo is also presented.

Index Terms: dialogue rhythm, temporal entrainment, overlapped speech, turn-taking

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Bibliographic reference.  Włodarczak, Marcin / Šimko, Juraj / Wagner, Petra (2012): "Syllable boundary effect: temporal entrainment in overlapped speech", In SP-2012, 611-614.