Interactions between turn-taking gaps, disfluencies and social obligation

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Abstract

Speakers strive to minimize inter-turn gaps when engaged in a dialogue. However, little work has addressed what impact this might have on the fluency of the following speech. In this paper we explore whether there are interactions between turn-taking gaps and turn-initial disfluencies and if the social pressure to respond to questions plays a role in that interaction. Our results indicate that child speakers are more likely to become disfluent both after a question and as the gap length increases, and that the two interact to further increase the likelihood. We also compared the speech of children with Typical Development (TD) to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), where we found that those with ASD were less likely to become disfluent after a question. This finding suggests that the trade-off between timing and disfluencies is driven by social obligation, and that speakers are willing to tolerate disfluencies so as to maintain a short delay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2012, INTERSPEECH 2012
Pages606-609
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2012, INTERSPEECH 2012 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Sep 9 2012Sep 13 2012

Publication series

Name13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2012, INTERSPEECH 2012
Volume1

Other

Other13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2012, INTERSPEECH 2012
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period9/9/129/13/12

Keywords

  • Disfluencies
  • Language impairments
  • Social pressure
  • Turn-taking gaps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Communication

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    Lunsford, R., Heeman, P. A., & Van Santen, J. P. H. (2012). Interactions between turn-taking gaps, disfluencies and social obligation. In 13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2012, INTERSPEECH 2012 (pp. 606-609). (13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2012, INTERSPEECH 2012; Vol. 1).