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Hand gestures and pitch contours and their distribution at possible speaker change locations: a first investigation

  • Smooth turn-taking in conversation depends in part on speakers being able to communicate their intention to hold or cede the floor. Both prosodic and gestural cues have been shown to be used in this context. We investigate the interplay of pitch movements and hand gestures at locations at which speaker change becomes relevant, comparing their use in German and Swedish. We find that there are some shared functions of prosody and gesture with regard to turn-taking in the two languages, but that these shared functions appear to be mediated by the different phonological demands on pitch in the two languages.

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Author:Margaret Zellers, Jan GorischORCiDGND, David House, Benno Peters
Parent Title (English):Gesture and Speech in Interaction - 6th edition (GESPIN 2019), 11-13 September, University of Paderborn
Publisher:University of Paderborn
Place of publication:Paderborn
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2019
Date of Publication (online):2019/09/27
Tag:German; Swedish; gesture; prosody; turn taking
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Gesprochene Sprache; Gesture; Prosodie; Schwedisch; Sprecherwechsel
Page Number:6
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Phonetik / Phonologie
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich gesch√ľtzt