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Backchannel relevance spaces
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Phonetics. (Phonetics)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0034-0924
KTH Speech, Music and Hearing. (Speech group)
KTH Speech, Music and Hearing. (Speech group)
2013 (English)In: Nordic Prosody: Proceedings of XIth Conference, Tartu 2012 / [ed] Eva Liina Asu, Pärtel Lippus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2013, 137-146 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This contribution introduces backchannel relevance spaces – intervals where it is relevant for a listener in a conversation to produce a backchannel. By annotating and comparing actual visual and vocal backchannels with potential backchannels established using a group of subjects acting as third-party listeners, we show (i) that visual only backchannels represent a substantial proportion of all backchannels; and (ii) that there are more opportunities for backchannels (i.e. potential backchannels or backchannel relevance spaces) than there are actual vocal and visual backchannels. These findings indicate that backchannel relevance spaces enable more accurate acoustic, prosodic, lexical (et cetera) descriptions of backchannel inviting cues than descriptions based on the context of actual vocal backchannels only.

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Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2013. 137-146 p.
Keyword [en]
backchannels, vocal backchannels, visual backchannels, head nods, short vocalizations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-90946ISBN: 9783631644270OAI: diva2:628698
Nordic Prosody XI, Tartu, Estonia
Swedish Research Council, 2009-1766Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P09-0064:1-E
Available from: 2013-06-14 Created: 2013-06-14 Last updated: 2014-01-20Bibliographically approved

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