Edited by Shlomo Izre'el, Heliana Mello, Alessandro Panunzi and Tommaso Raso
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 94] 2020
► pp. 359–366
The chapter shows segmentation analyses of two English texts according to the criteria of the SUU (Short Utterance-Unit) and the LUU (Long Utterance-Unit). Our basic idea of segmentation is to identify utterance boundaries at two different levels. SUUs represent small information chunks, which are related to speakers’ planning and hearers’ understanding in a short time, and roughly correspond to prosodic and intonational units. LUUs, on the other hand, are basic chunks of interaction between the speaker and the hearer, corresponding to syntactic, discourse, and interactional units. Acoustic, prosodic, syntactic, and interactional boundaries were used as cues for segmenting utterances at two different levels. The technique of segmentation offers a way to view the multi-layered structure of spontaneous speech.
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