Nozomi and Nanami

Nozomi and Nanami

This discussion is notable insofar that there is an extremely high level of silence, particularly with cross-talk pausing, 125.3 seconds, and overall there was a 184.6 seconds or 29.9%. This reflects that the two women were somewhat ill-at-ease in finding common ground, though, again, this may not be apparent from just watching the video. Minimal responses are extremely common throughout this discussion, and MLRs are very short as well, 5.7 for Nanami and 5.6 for Nozomi. The number of words is on the low-side, around 253 and 223.

Hikaru and Nanami

Hikaru and Nanami

Speaking rates for both participants are moderately average 81.4 for Nanami and 92.2. Cross-talk pausing is rather low, at 6.9 seconds, and the overall percentage of silence is 10.4% Again, as males tend to dominate discussions, Hikaru has 452 words compared to 187. Also, in regard to MLRs Hikaru has 9.5 syllables compared to Nanami’s 4.6 syllables though Hikaru has a higher rate of meaningless syllables 29 compared to Nanami’s 10. The conversation is fluid but there is some awkward moments to it.

Hikaru and Nozomi

Hikaru and Nozomi

From this discussion, we can see the usual trend of males out-talking females to be confirmed, with Hikaru talking 521 words to Nozomi’s 108. Syntactic dysfluency is rather limited, with just 12 repeated words for Hikaru, but what is notable is the MLRs, Nozomi had 3.2 (low) compared to Hikaru’s 11.9 (rather high). Nozomi’s speech is marked with many minimal responses, so she could improve her fluency by providing longer replies, more descriptions, and a few stories to fill out her production. Cross-talk pausing is 15.5, but both participants seemed to enjoy talking with each other.

Kohei and Yuri

Kohei and Yuri

This discussion is a first insofar that Yuri had a higher number of words than Kohei, 398 words compared to 266, though Yuri had a higher number of meaningless syllables, 75. MLRs are fairly similar. The total number of silence is high 99.8 seconds, a 13.0%, which is a bit high, but the two participants enjoyed each other. The speaking rate for the Kohei is high 100.7 while Yuri’s is somewhat low, 64.8.

Kohei and Shohei

Kohei and Shohei

This second same-sex discussion was interesting as both males had high speaking rates 116.2 and 116.7, with no cross-talk pausing. Dysfluency is limited though Kohei had a high level of repetition (38 occurrences) as well as a high level of meaningless syllables 96. There is some unbalance to the discussion with Shohei talking more than twice as long as Kohei, so my recommendations would be that Kohei provide more descriptive responses and stories.

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