Syntactic Surprisal Affects Spoken Word Duration in Conversational Contexts

@inproceedings{Demberg2012SyntacticSA,
  title={Syntactic Surprisal Affects Spoken Word Duration in Conversational Contexts},
  author={Vera Demberg and Asad B. Sayeed and Philip Gorinski and Nikolaos Engonopoulos},
  booktitle={EMNLP-CoNLL},
  year={2012}
}
We present results of a novel experiment to investigate speech production in conversational data that links speech rate to information density. We provide the first evidence for an association between syntactic surprisal and word duration in recorded speech. Using the AMI corpus which contains transcriptions of focus group meetings with precise word durations, we show that word durations correlate with syntactic surprisal estimated from the incremental Roark parser over and above simpler… CONTINUE READING
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