Durational aspects of turn-taking in spontaneous face-to-face and telephone dialogues
Ten Bosch, L., Oostdijk, N., & De Ruiter, J. P.
Durational aspects of turn-taking in spontaneous face-to-face and telephone dialogues. In P. Sojka, I. Kopecek, & K. Pala (Eds.
), Text, Speech and Dialogue: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference TSD 2004
(pp. 563-570). Heidelberg: Springer.
On the basis of two-speaker spontaneous conversations, it is shown that the distributions of both pauses and speech-overlaps of telephone and faceto-face dialogues have different statistical properties. Pauses in a face-to-face
dialogue last up to 4 times longer than pauses in telephone conversations in functionally comparable conditions. There is a high correlation (0.88 or larger) between the average pause duration for the two speakers across face-to-face
dialogues and telephone dialogues. The data provided form a first quantitative analysis of the complex turn-taking mechanism evidenced in the dialogues available in the 9-million-word Spoken Dutch Corpus.