Pausing and phrase length in two Australian languages

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Abstract

Pausing in speech allows a speaker to plan for the upcoming utterance, as well as to indicate to the listener finality of utterance. In this paper I examine pause patterning and IPU length in two typologically distinct Australian languages; Dalabon and Kayardild. Results show that Dalabon prefers considerably longer stretches of continuous speech than Kayardild. Preliminary findings reveal that the length of an IPU does not correlate to pause durations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (was Eurospeech) 2008 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 22 Sep 200826 Sep 2008
Conference number: 9th

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (was Eurospeech) 2008
Abbreviated titleInterspeech 2008
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period22/09/0826/09/08

Keywords

  • Australian languages
  • Pause
  • Phrase length

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