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Respiratory patterns and turn-taking in spontaneous Estonian: Inhalation amplitude in multiparty conversations
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Phonetics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the relationship between inhalation amplitude and turn-taking in spontaneous multiparty conversations held in Estonian. Respiratory activity is recorded with Respiratory Inductance Plethysmography. The main focus is on how inhalation amplitude varies between the inhalations produced directly before turn onset compared to the following inhalations within the same speaking turn. The results indicate a significant difference in amplitude, realised mainly by an increase in inhalation end lung volume values. One of the possible functions of this pattern is to signal an intention of taking the conversational turn. Another could be a phrasing or grouping function connected to lower inhalation amplitudes within turns.

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Keyword [en]
Speech breathing, turn-taking, prosodic boundaries, utterance initiation, respiratory physiology, Estonian spontaneous speech
Keyword [sv]
Andning i tal, turtagning, prosodiska gränser, initiering av yttrande, respirationsfysiologi, estniskt spontantal
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118214OAI: diva2:821399
2014-1072 Andning i samtal (Vetenskapsrådet)
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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