A Case Study in the Identification of Prosodic Cues to Turn-Taking: Back-Channeling in Arabic

Nigel Ward and Yaffa Al Bayyari


Discovering and quantifying the prosodic signals that help manage turn-taking is difficult, in part because of the limitations of commonly used methods. This paper presents an integrated method that uses both perceptually-based analysis and quantitative analysis. The eight activities involved in the method --- clarification of aims, problem formulation, corpus preparation, feature discovery, feature combination, hypothesis refinement, tuning, and evaluation --- are illustrated using task of finding prosodic cues for back-channel feedback in Arabic.

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Special Session on the Prosody of Turn-Taking and Dialog Acts

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