Predictability effects on durations of content and function words in conversational English

@inproceedings{Bell2008PredictabilityEO,
  title={Predictability effects on durations of content and function words in conversational English},
  author={Alan Bell and Jason M. Brenier and Michelle L. Gregory and Cynthia Girand and Dan Jurafsky},
  year={2008}
}
In a regression study of conversational speech, we show that frequency, contextual predictability, and repetition have separate contributions to word duration, despite their substantial correlations. We also found that contentand function-word durations are affected differently by their frequency and predictability. Content words are shorter when more frequent, and shorter when repeated, while function words are not so affected. Function words have shorter pronunciations, after controlling for… CONTINUE READING
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