Boundary Markers in Spontaneous Hungarian Speech

  • András BekeEmail author
  • Mária Gósy
  • Viktória Horváth
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9561)


The aim of this paper is an objective presentation of temporal features of spontaneous Hungarian narratives, as well as a characterization of separable portions of spontaneous speech. Ten speakers’ spontaneous speech materials taken from the BEA Hungarian Spontaneous Speech Database were analyzed in terms of hierarchical units of narratives (durations, speakers’ rates of articulation, number of words produced, and the interrelationships of all these). We conclude that (i) the majority of speakers organize their narratives in similar temporal structures, (ii) thematic units can be identified in terms of certain prosodic criteria, (iii) there are statistically valid correlations between factors like the duration of phrases, the word count of phrases, the rate of articulation of phrases, and pausing characteristics, and (iv) these parameters exhibit extensive variability both across and within speakers.


Articulation tempo Pauses Durations F0 Thematic units Phrases 



This research was supported by the Hungarian National Scientific Research Fund (OTKA), project No. 108762.


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  • András Beke
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mária Gósy
    • 1
  • Viktória Horváth
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Institute for LinguisticsHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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