Disambiguating the functions of conversational sounds with prosody: the case of 'yeah'

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we look at how prosody can be used to automatically distinguish between different dialogue act functions and how it determines degree of speaker incipiency. We focus on the different uses of 'yeah'. Firstly, we investigate ambiguous dialogue act functions of 'yeah': 'yeah' is most frequently used as a backchannel or an assessment. Secondly, we look at the degree of speakership incipiency of 'yeah': some 'yeah' items display a greater intent of the speaker to take the floor. Classi﬿cation experiments with decision trees were performed to assess the role of prosody: we found that prosody indeed plays a role in disambiguating dialogue act functions and in determining degree of speaker incipiency of 'yeah'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Interspeech 2010
    PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
    Pages2554-2557
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010
    Event11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2010 - Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
    Duration: 26 Sep 201030 Sep 2010
    Conference number: 11
    http://www.interspeech2010.jpn.org/

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    PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
    ISSN (Print)1990-9772

    Conference

    Conference11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2010
    Abbreviated titleINTERSPEECH
    CountryJapan
    CityMakuhari, Chiba
    Period26/09/1030/09/10
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    Keywords

    • METIS-271082
    • Backchannel
    • Classification
    • IR-74047
    • Prosody
    • speaker incipiency
    • dialogue act
    • HMI-SLT: Speech and Language Technology
    • EWI-18626

    Cite this

    Truong, K. P., & Heylen, D. K. J. (2010). Disambiguating the functions of conversational sounds with prosody: the case of 'yeah'. In Proceedings of Interspeech 2010 (pp. 2554-2557). International Speech Communication Association (ISCA).