15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Virtual and Real Pauses at Clause and Sentence Boundaries

Nina B. Volskaya

Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia

This study investigates pause duration at the boundaries between syntactic units in read aloud speech in Russian. The results show predictable relationship between the type of the syntactic phrase and pause duration. At the same time, data obtained in the study indicate that among the acoustic determinants of and cues to the perception of a phrase boundary pause duration is not the leading factor, since for a considerable number of syntactic units pauses have no correlates in acoustic silence. The results of the investigation can provide reliable data for accurate modelling of pause duration at prosodic boundaries of phrases, clauses and sentences in the read text.

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Bibliographic reference.  Volskaya, Nina B. (2003): "Virtual and real pauses at clause and sentence boundaries", In ICPhS-15, 499-502.