Empirical Study on the Role of Prosodic Features in Conversations

Project leader:KOISO Hanae
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistic Theory and Structure, NINJAL


Prosodic information plays an important role in making a natural flow in conversation. Although much research has been done to explore the relationships between conversational interactions and prosodic information, there has been no systematic study in the literature that incorporates the other types of information that prosody conveys.

This project will investigate the roles of prosodic features in conversation by focusing on different kinds of function that they have in the conversation: the functions with specific reference to conversational interactions (e.g. back-channeling) and the functions relevant to speech in general (e.g. signals that indicate syntactic and/or discourse structure).