The Prosody of Fluent Repetitions in Spontaneous Speech

Hong Zhang


Repetitions in spontaneous speech have traditionally been regarded as disfluencies that function either as a form of hesitation or a tool to maintain continuity after a break. However viewing repetitions as disfluencies leaves many repetitive phenomena in spontaneous speech unexplained. We show that a common form of repetitions, which is described as the rapid repeating of single syllable function words two or more times, can be distinguished from disfluent repetitions through simple prosodic characterizations such as silent pause durations after repetition and F0 contours and the duration of the repeated phrases. The duration and F0 features of these fluent repetitions failed to support the idea that these repetitions involve the same cognitive process as repair. We propose that such fluent repetitions are linked at least to the generation and execution of motor plans, with possible extensions to higher level planning such as at the level of morphosyntax or even semantics.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-155

Cite as: Zhang, H. (2020) The Prosody of Fluent Repetitions in Spontaneous Speech. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 759-763, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-155.


@inproceedings{Zhang2020,
  author={Hong Zhang},
  title={{The Prosody of Fluent Repetitions in Spontaneous Speech}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={759--763},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-155},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-155}
}