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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

A Physical Pause as a Sequence of Special Articulation Gestures

Pavel Skrelin

Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia

The paper deals with a new method of calculating duration of pauses. The method is based on the assumption that a physical pause is a kind of the articulation gesture (or their sequence), which the speaker applies for segmenting speech flow which he produces. Mean duration of such gesture can be measured using the average syllable duration values of a particular speaker. The results of the experiment described show that the use of the average syllable duration as a unit for measuring pause duration allows to calculate duration of physical pauses between minor and major units with reliable accuracy.

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Bibliographic reference.  Skrelin, Pavel (2003): "A physical pause as a sequence of special articulation gestures", In ICPhS-15, 2625-2628.