Breath Holds in Chat and Chunk Phases of Multiparty Casual Conversation

Kätlin Aare, Emer Gilmartin, Marcin Wlodarczak, Pärtel Lippus, Mattias Heldner


Breathing has been associated with all the basic turn organi-sation categories, with breath holds, where a participant holdstheir breath for a short period of time, specifically claimed asmarkers of turn incompleteness. Casual conversation comprisesstretches of interactive chat interspersed with more monologicchunks where one speaker dominates the conversation, oftentelling a story or giving an extended opinion. We investigatethe interplay of breath holds with chat and chunk phases in 16three-party casual conversations in Estonian and Swedish, usingdata annotated for respiratory and speech activity. Our resultsdemonstrate that breath holds occur predominantly before tran-sitions between chat and chunk, and that within chunk breathholds are largely produced by listeners, implying that the mainspeaker does not need to resort to the use of breath holds toretain their turn.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-159

Cite as: Aare, K., Gilmartin, E., Wlodarczak, M., Lippus, P., Heldner, M. (2020) Breath Holds in Chat and Chunk Phases of Multiparty Casual Conversation. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 779-783, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-159.


@inproceedings{Aare2020,
  author={Kätlin Aare and Emer Gilmartin and Marcin Wlodarczak and Pärtel Lippus and Mattias Heldner},
  title={{Breath Holds in Chat and Chunk Phases of Multiparty Casual Conversation}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={779--783},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-159},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-159}
}