Measuring prosodic alignment in cooperative task-based conversations

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    In this paper, we investigate prosodic alignment in task-based conversations. We use the HCRC Map Task Corpus and investigate how familiarity affects prosodic alignment and how task success is related to prosodic alignment. A variety of existing alignment measures is used and applied to our data. In particular, a windowed cross-correlation procedure, that has been used previously in visual behavior research, is applied to prosodic features. In addition, we address the issue of how to separate genuine observed alignment from alignment that is a result from random coincidental behavior. Using these measures, we find some indications of prosodic convergence and synchrony in the map task conversations. Alignment tendencies are strongest for intensity, and familiarity seems to play a role in convergence. Finally, weak evidence was found for a correlation between prosodic alignment measures and task success.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2012)
    Place of PublicationFrance
    PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)1990-9772
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012
    Event13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2012 - Portland, United States
    Duration: 9 Sept 201213 Sept 2012
    Conference number: 13

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    PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
    ISSN (Print)1990-9772


    Conference13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2012
    Abbreviated titleINTERSPEECH
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


    • EWI-22432
    • Familiarity
    • Convergence
    • IR-83391
    • Synchrony
    • METIS-289757
    • Prosodic alignment

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