Naturalness and rapport in a pitch adaptive learning companion

@article{Lubold2015NaturalnessAR,
  title={Naturalness and rapport in a pitch adaptive learning companion},
  author={Nichola Lubold and Heather Pon-Barry and Erin Walker},
  journal={2015 IEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding (ASRU)},
  year={2015},
  pages={103-110}
}
Observed frequently in human-human interactions, entrainment is a social phenomenon in which speakers become more like each other over the course of a conversation. Acoustic-prosodic entrainment occurs when individuals adapt their acoustic-prosodic speech features, such as pitch and intensity. Correlated with communicative success, naturalness, and conversational flow as well as social variables such as rapport, a dialogue system which automatically entrains has the potential to improve verbal… CONTINUE READING

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