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On the dynamics of overlap in multi-party conversation
KTH Speech, Music and Hearing. (Speech group)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Phonetics. (Phonetics)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0034-0924
KTH Speech, Music and Hearing. (Speech group)
2012 (English)In: INTERSPEECH 2012: vol.1, Portland, USA: Curran Associates, Inc , 2012, 846-849 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Overlap, although short in duration, occurs frequently in multi- party conversation. We show that its duration is approximately log-normal, and inversely proportional to the number of simul- taneously speaking parties. Using a simple model, we demon- strate that simultaneous talk tends to end simultaneously less frequently than in begins simultaneously, leading to an arrow of time in chronograms constructed from speech activity alone. The asymmetry is significant and discriminative. It appears to be due to dialog acts which do not carry propositional content, and those which are not brought to completion. 

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Portland, USA: Curran Associates, Inc , 2012. 846-849 p.
Keyword [en]
multi-party conversation, overlap, turn-taking
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General Language Studies and Linguistics Computer Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-79035ISBN: 978-1-622-76759-5OAI: diva2:546621
13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2012, INTERSPEECH 2012 Portland, OR; United States; 9 September 2012 through 13 September 2012;
Samtalets prosodi/Prosody in conversation
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P09-0064:1-E
Available from: 2012-08-29 Created: 2012-08-24 Last updated: 2013-10-11Bibliographically approved

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