Chapter published in:In Search of Basic Units of Spoken Language: A corpus-driven approach
Edited by Shlomo Izre'el, Heliana Mello, Alessandro Panunzi and Tommaso Raso
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 94] 2020
► pp. 337–348
Applying criteria of spontaneous Hebrew speech segmentation to English
Taking prosody to be the leading component in speech segmentation, this chapter attempts to transfer segmentation methodologies from Hebrew to English spontaneous speech. Following a process of segmentation by perception of two English chunks a detailed acoustic analysis has been conducted, using acoustic criteria that have been found meaningful for similar analyses of Hebrew, as detailed in my chapter for Part I of this volume, “The Basic Unit of Spoken Language and the Interface Between Prosody, Discourse and Syntax: A View from Spontaneous Spoken Hebrew”. This process has produced suggestive results. Further analysis into the interface of prosody with discourse has also been found meaningful. Some terminological issues are discussed as well.
Keywords: prosodic units, segmentation, spontaneous spoken language, Hebrew, English
Published online: 18 June 2020
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