Discourse Planning Strategies in Chinese L2 English Speech: Chunking Preference and Disfluency Attributes

Yiyuan Liao, Jue Yu


This paper mainly discusses the on-line planning strategies by observing chunking preference and disfluency attributes utilized by Chinese L2 learners in English discourse speech. The main purpose is to reveal the discourse-level speech planning shaped by the richness and density of the moment-by-moment planned message in Chinese L2 English. The results show that compared with English native speakers, 1) as a global property of the spoken discourse as a whole, Chinese L2 learners were temporally more disfluent, meanwhile with a greater in-group variabilities due to the insufficient L2 proficiency; 2) as for the semantic macro-planning strategies, Chinese L2 learners usually generated rather smaller chunks (especially 2-word chunks) and less flexible chunk size in on-line discourse speech, thus leading to a smaller planning size of speech output and a stable pattern of non-native-like ultimate attainment; 3) at the micro-planning level, Chinese L2 learners produced more hesitation markers (especially silent pauses), differed categorically in repair strategy and failed to strategically take advantage of certain disfluency markers to buy plan time so as to increase the complexity of utterance in on-line discourse speech.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-162

Cite as: Liao, Y., Yu, J. (2020) Discourse Planning Strategies in Chinese L2 English Speech: Chunking Preference and Disfluency Attributes. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 794-798, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-162.


@inproceedings{Liao2020,
  author={Yiyuan Liao and Jue Yu},
  title={{Discourse Planning Strategies in Chinese L2 English Speech: Chunking Preference and Disfluency Attributes}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={794--798},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-162},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-162}
}