Paper: On the role of context and prosody in the interpretation of 'okay'

ACL ID P07-1101
Title On the role of context and prosody in the interpretation of 'okay'
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2007
Authors

We examine the effect of contextual and acoustic cues in the disambiguation of three discourse-pragmatic functions of the word okay. Results of a perception study show that contextual cues are stronger predictors of discourse function than acoustic cues. However, acoustic features capturing the pitch excursion at the right edge of okay fea- ture prominently in disambiguation, whether other contextual cues are present or not.