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Communicative needs and respiratory constraints
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Phonetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3824-2980
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Phonetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0034-0924
(Speech group)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9327-9482
2015 (English)In: Proceedings Interspeech 2015, Dresden, Germany: ISCA , 2015, 3051-3055 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates timing of communicative behaviour with respect to speaker’s respiratory cycle. The data is drawn from a corpus of multiparty conversations in Swedish. We find that while longer utterances (> 1 s) are tied, predictably, primarily to exhalation onset, shorter vocalisations are spread more uni- formly across the respiratory cycle. In addition, nods, which are free from any respiratory constraints, are most frequently found around exhalation offsets, where respiratory requirements for even a short utterance are not satisfied. We interpret the results to reflect the economy principle in speech production, whereby respiratory effort, associated primarily with starting a new respiratory cycle, is minimised within the scope of speaker’s communicative goals. 

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Dresden, Germany: ISCA , 2015. 3051-3055 p.
Keyword [en]
breathing, multiparty conversation, speech pro- duction, multimodal feedback
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-120588OAI: diva2:853664
Swedish Research Council, 2014-1072

The research presented here was funded in part by the Swedish Research Council project 2014-1072 Andning i samtal (Breathing in conversation). 

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