Exploratory Analysis of Word Use and Sentence Length in the Spoken Dutch Corpus

  • Pascal Wiggers
  • Leon J. M. Rothkrantz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4629)


We present an analysis of word use and sentence length in different types of Dutch speech, ranging from conversations over discussions and formal speech to read speech. We find that the distributions of sentence length and personal pronouns are characteristic for the type of speech. In addition, we analyzed differences in word use between male and female speakers and between speakers with high and low education levels. We find that male speaker use more fillers, while women use more pronouns and adverbs. Furthermore, gender specific differences turn out to be stronger than differences in language use between groups with different education levels.


Personal Pronoun Sentence Length Spontaneous Speech Female Speaker Male Speaker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pascal Wiggers
    • 1
  • Leon J. M. Rothkrantz
    • 1
  1. 1.Man–Machine Interaction Group, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 4, 2628 CD DelftThe Netherlands

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