Journal article

Fluency Profiling System: An automated system for analyzing the temporal properties of speech

Daniel R Little, Raoul Oehmen, John Dunn, Kathryn Hird, Kim Kirsner

BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS | SPRINGER | Published : 2013

Abstract

The temporal characteristics of speech can be captured by examining the distributions of the durations of measurable speech components, namely speech segment durations and pause durations. However, several barriers prevent the easy analysis of pause durations: The first problem is that natural speech is noisy, and although recording contrived speech minimizes this problem, it also discards diagnostic information about cognitive processes inherent in the longer pauses associated with natural speech. The second issue concerns setting the distribution threshold, and consists of the problem of appropriately classifying pause segments as either short pauses reflecting articulation or long pauses ..

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