ISCA Archive DiSS 2013
ISCA Archive DiSS 2013

Phrasal complexity and the occurrence of filled pauses in presentation speeches in Japanese

Michiko Watanabe

Filled pauses are ubiquitous in everyday speech. I investigated whether linguistic complexity of upcoming phrases affects filler rate at phrase boundaries in presentation speeches in Japanese. Filler rate at phrase boundaries increased monotonically with complexity of the following phrases. However, when the following phrase was composed of more than 11 Bunsetsu-phrases, the filler rate did not show any constant increase. The results indicate that filler rate at phrase boundaries is closely related to cognitive load of local linguistic encoding and that the maximum planning span for linguistic encoding is about 10 Bunsetsu-phrases in Japanese monologues.

Index Terms: filled pause, Bunsetsu-phrase, linguistic complexity, planning load


Cite as: Watanabe, M. (2013) Phrasal complexity and the occurrence of filled pauses in presentation speeches in Japanese. Proc. Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech (DiSS 2013), 71-72

@inproceedings{watanabe13_diss,
  author={Michiko Watanabe},
  title={{Phrasal complexity and the occurrence of filled pauses in presentation speeches in Japanese}},
  year=2013,
  booktitle={Proc. Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech (DiSS 2013)},
  pages={71--72}
}