Timing in talking: what is it used for, and how is it controlled?

  title={Timing in talking: what is it used for, and how is it controlled?},
  author={Alice Turk and Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={369 1658},
In the first part of the paper, we summarize the linguistic factors that shape speech timing patterns, including the prosodic structures which govern them, and suggest that speech timing patterns are used to aid utterance recognition. In the spirit of optimal control theory, we propose that recognition requirements are balanced against requirements such as rate of speech and style, as well as movement costs, to yield (near-)optimal planned surface timing patterns; additional factors may… CONTINUE READING
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