On the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dysfluency

  • Jonathan Ginzburg
  • Raquel Fernández
  • David Schlangen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7218)


Although dysfluent speech is pervasive in spoken conversation, dysfluencies have received little attention within formal theories of dialogue. The majority of work on dysfluent language has come from psycholinguistic models of speech production and comprehension (e.g. [10,3,1]) and from structural approaches designed to improve performance in speech applications (e.g. [14,8]). In this paper, we present a detailed formal account which: (a) unifies dysfluencies (self-repair) with Clarification Requests (CRs), without conflating them, (b) offers a precise explication of the roles of all key components of a dysfluency, including editing phrases and filled pauses, (c) accounts for the possibility of self-addressed questions in a dysfluency.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Ginzburg
    • 1
  • Raquel Fernández
    • 2
  • David Schlangen
    • 3
  1. 1.Univ. Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, CLILLAC-ARP (EA 3967)ParisFrance
  2. 2.Institute for Logic, Language & ComputationUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Faculty of Linguistics and Literary StudiesBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

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