Yuki and Nanami

Yuki and Nanami

This discussion between Yuki and Nanami shows, again, the tendency for males to dominate gendered discussions. Yuki’s speaking rate is 100.9 while Nanami’s is 49.3; likewise, Yuki’s number of words is 462 while Nanami’s is 285.While the amount of silence is low 6.6%, Nanami has 39.9 seconds compared to Yuki’s 0 seconds. Lexical and syntactic dysfluency is average, though Yuki does have a high level of repetition with him repeating “yes” too often. I would recommend that women take some time to see how they can be better engaged and proactive in such discussions.

Yuki and Hikaru

Yuki and Hikaru

This discussion between Yuki and Hikaru reflects a high speaking rate, with a low percentage of silence (5.6%) and little lexical and syntactic analysis, though there is a high level of repetition with Yuki. Mean length runs are rather short, 6.2 and 7.7. and the number of words is about low (281) to average (369). The conversation is spirited and the men are engaged. I would recommend that both men take more time to explain and to provide more background when telling a story or explaining a preference.

Yuusei and Natsumi

Yuusei and Natsumi

This discussion between Natsumi and Yuusei show a relatively high speaking rate, with Natsumi having a speaking rate (A) of 92.3 while the male speaker has rate of 124.9, and the overall percentage of silence for the entire conversation was only 2.6%. Thus, acoustic, lexical, and syntactic dysfluency is relatively low though issues do remain with mean length runs (MLRs) which are relatively short, and with repetition, and meaningless syllables. However, in listening to the video, it becomes apparent that the high level of repetition and rephrasing found in Natsumi’s speech can make listening slightly irritating, but comprehension is unimpaired. Again, it is easy to see how minimal responses can impact the overall message, and again, more production and more explanation from the two speakers would make the interaction even more pleasant.

Natsumi and Ryutaro

Natsumi and Ryutaro

This discussion between Natsumi and Ryutaro shows a low speaking rate with a lot of minimal responses. This does make for difficult listening, but the amount of silence is very low (1.8%) and the participants were engaged and motivated. There was a very high rate of retracing and repetition with Natsumi, and both had a high rate of meaningless syllables. This discussion shows the need to provide far more information in our replies, giving more details, even a story or an example. Again, this interaction shows more about the nature of dysfluency than fluency.

Megumi and Yuri

Megumi and Yuri

This discussion between Yuri and Megumi shows a higher level of speaking rate for Yuri, 104.6, and a lower one for Megumi. There is a low rate of silence of 5.7% The girls are are very animated, Mean length runs are 7.6 for Yuri’s and 6.5 for Megumi. And there is low acoustic dysfluency 5.0%, as well as a low lexical and syntactic dysfluency, though the levels of repetition could be lower. The interaction is balanced, with 254 words for Yuri and 248 for Megumi. In short, this is a good example of fluency in same-sex interactions, though minimal responses are bit too frequent.

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