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Multifactor Analysis of Discourse Turn in Greek

Conference paper
Authors Antonis Botinis
Aikaterini Bakakou-Orphanou
Charalambos Themistocleous
Published in International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 2007 (ICPhS 2007). Saarbrucken, Germany
Pages 1341-1344
Place of publication Saarbrücken, Germany
Publication year 2007
Published at Department of Philosophy
Pages 1341-1344
Language en
Keywords phonetics, discourse, turn-taking, prosody
Subject categories Phonetics, Linguistics


The present article reports on an experimental study of turn structures in telephone conversations during Greek news broadcasts. Discourse segmentation was carried out based on turn constructional units (TCUs). Turn-taking and turn- leaving alternations of TCUs were analyzed in terms of speaker’s prosodic characteristics, syntactic structures and lexical discourse markers. The results indicate that the speaker's TCU tonal onset and TCU tonal offset along with global tonal variations, as well as word order are discourse correlates of turn-taking and turn-leaving.

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