On the controlled elicitation of spontaneous speech

M.G.J. Swerts, R.P.G. Collier

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    This paper presents an elicitation method that allows the controlled analysis of properties of spontaneous speech. The method is characterized by the fact that a speaker is constrained by the experimeter with respect to what he will say, while keeping his speech output spontaneous. As an example of the potential of this technique, a pilot study is presented in which such spontaneous discourse was used in prosodic research. The purpose of this simple experiment was to find out whether the endings of large-scale units in spontaneous discourse have particular melodic correlates that are communicatively relevant.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)463-468
    JournalSpeech Communication
    Issue number4-5
    Publication statusPublished - 1992


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