ISCA Archive DiSS 2013
ISCA Archive DiSS 2013

Disfluency and discursive markers: when prosody and syntax plan discourse

Julie Beliao, Anne Lacheret

Hesitations, interruptions within phrases or within words are common in spontaneous speech. Those phenomena are widely known to be observable from a prosodic point of view through disfluencies. From a syntactic point of view, many studies already established that discursive markers such as hm, oh, I mean, etc. are representative of spontaneous speech. In this study, we demonstrate through a joint corpus-based analysis that these prosodical and syntactical features are correlated, without however being equivalent. More precisely, the lack of either disfluencies or discursive markers is consistently shown to be representative of a planned discourse.

Index Terms: disfluency, discursive marker, genres


Cite as: Beliao, J., Lacheret, A. (2013) Disfluency and discursive markers: when prosody and syntax plan discourse. Proc. Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech (DiSS 2013), 5-8

@inproceedings{beliao13_diss,
  author={Julie Beliao and Anne Lacheret},
  title={{Disfluency and discursive markers: when prosody and syntax plan discourse}},
  year=2013,
  booktitle={Proc. Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech (DiSS 2013)},
  pages={5--8}
}