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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Durational and Prosodic Patterning at Discourse Boundaries in Japanese Spontaneous Monologs

Kiyoko Yoneyama (1), Janice Fon (2), Hanae Koiso (1)

(1) National Institute for Japanese Language, Japan
(2) National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

The aim of this paper is twofold. First, the paper attempts to investigate durational and prosodic patterning at clausal boundaries in Japanese spontaneous monologues by using the prosodic labels of the X-JToBI system (Maekawa et al., 2001) in the Corpus of Spontaneous Japanese (Maekawa et al., 2000). The analyses of prosodic cues around clausal boundaries (filled pauses, syllable duration, pause duration and clausal boundary tones) confirmed that these factors contribute to highlighting discourse disjunctures in Japanese spontaneous monologues. Secondly, the paper attempts to evaluate the validity of discourse break indices in describing discourse structure. Results showed that the both the interlabeler reliability (α=.95) and agreement (81.52%) are quite high, suggesting that the DBI labeling system is valid to some extent.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yoneyama, Kiyoko / Fon, Janice / Koiso, Hanae (2003): "Durational and prosodic patterning at discourse boundaries in Japanese spontaneous monologs", In ICPhS-15, 2637-2640.