Disambiguating the functions of conversational sounds with prosody: the case of 'yeah'


In this paper, we look at how prosody can be used to automatically distinguish between different dialogue act functions and how it determines degree of speaker incipiency. We focus on the different uses of ‘yeah’. Firstly, we investigate ambiguous dialogue act functions of ‘yeah’: ‘yeah’ is most frequently used as a backchannel or an assessment. Secondly… (More)


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