Discourse markers and the segmentation of spontaneous speech - The case of Swedish men 'but/and/so'

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Prosodic and lexical correlates of ‘clause-like’ and ‘paragraph-like’ boundaries associated with the Swedish discourse marker men ‘but/and/so’ are examined. Men-tokens in spontaneous monologues were labelled as to their boundary-status, first using text-only data. The ‘strong’ tokens (labelled identically by all labellers) were subsequently seen to be correlated with clear differences in the prosodic and lexical parameters examined. This tendency was not found for the corresponding ‘weak’ tokens which were subsequently relabelled using both text and speech nor for the data-base as a whole. A test using a neural network trained using strong tokens is seen to be able to correctly categorize 90% of the strong men-tokens as to their associated boundary-type. The results show that discourse markers along with their prosodic and lexical correlates constitute a constellation of important information for understanding how segmentation of speech is produced and understood


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Publication categoryResearch

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NameWorking Papers, Lund University, Dept. of Linguistics

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

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