Prosodic and Gestural Features of Phrase-internal Disfluencies in Polish Spontaneous Utterances

Maciej Karpiński and Ewa Jarmołowicz-Nowikow, Adam Mickiewicz University

The aim of this pilot study is a preliminary description of intra-phrasal disfluencies in Polish task-oriented dialogues. Some cues to their identification and discrimination are tentatively proposed. The data come from eight paper folding task dialogue sessions. Disfluencies are categorized on the basis of their acoustic-phonetic content. Selected prosodic properties of their neighborhood are analyzed, including intonational realizations and durations of the surrounding syllables. Accompanying hand movements of the speakers are described for the alignment of their phases with respective disfluencies in speech.