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.

Sho and Ayaka

Sho and Ayaka

For this conversation, the speaking rates are fairly normal for this proficiency group (118.6) to Ayaka’s 87.7. Similarly the amount of silence is a little high but not necessarily noteworthy, 12.0%. There is little commentary from Ayaka to some of Sho’s comments, and she tends to ask few (3) questions. Cross-talk pausing is minimal, 10.4 seconds. Ayaka also relies too much on minimal responses, and provides very few details about her life.

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.

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