J. Allwood, J. Hagman, 1994. "Some Simple Automatic Measures of Spoken Interaction", to appear in Proceedings from the joint 14th Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics & 8th Conference of Nordic and General Linguistics, University of Göteborg.


This paper presents a number of simple measures of spoken language and spoken interaction which are based on a standard transcription format and a few simple additions to generally available word processing mechanisms. The measures are divided into (i) volume measures which give the number of words, utterances or other units per recording, speaker or subsection of recording, (ii) density measures which are derived from volume measures to neutralize size and (iii) measures which require minimal coding or a combination of simpler measures. In addition, we discuss ways of visualizing the highly complex data set these measures yield - concerning e.g. dynamics and multidimensional relations.