Chapter 5Segmentation of the English texts Navy and Hearts
with SUU and LUU
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.
- 1.Introduction: Two types of utterance units
- 2.Some observations on the monologue Navy
- 3.Some observations on the dialogue Hearts
- 5.Concluding remarks
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