Durational Aspects of Turn-Taking in Spontaneous Face-to-Face and Telephone Dialogues

  • Louis ten Bosch
  • Nelleke Oostdijk
  • Jan Peter de Ruiter
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3206)


On the basis of two-speaker spontaneous conversations, it is shown that the distributions of both pauses and speech-overlaps of telephone and face-to-face dialogues have different statistical properties. Pauses in a face-to-face dialogue last up to 4 times longer than pauses in telephone conversations in functionally comparable conditions. There is a high correlation (0.88 or larger) between the average pause duration for the two speakers across face-to-face dialogues and telephone dialogues. The data provided form a first quantitative analysis of the complex turn-taking mechanism evidenced in the dialogues available in the 9-million-word Spoken Dutch Corpus.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis ten Bosch
    • 1
  • Nelleke Oostdijk
    • 1
  • Jan Peter de Ruiter
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Language and SpeechNijmegen UniversityThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for PsycholinguisticsNijmegenThe Netherlands

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