Many of us can think of iconic words or expressions that our close friends or family often use. This study investigated the potential of idiosyncrasies in usage of filler words as a speaker classification parameter, using spontaneous Japanese speech. We estimated likelihood ratios (LRs) based on which filler words were used and how often, and performed speaker discrimination tests using the LRs. As a result we discovered that speakers’ choices of fillers can predict speaker’s identity to some degree, and that this has potential as an additional feature for speaker classification.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne|
|Publisher||Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology - Melbourne, Australia|
Duration: 14 Dec 2010 → 16 Dec 2010
|Conference||13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology|
|Period||14/12/10 → 16/12/10|
Ishihara, S., & Kinoshita, Y. (2010). Filler words as a speaker classification feature. In Proceedings of the 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 34-37). Melbourne: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association.