Second International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP'92)

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

The Development and Perceptive Evaluation of a Model for Paragraph Intonation in Dutch

Agaath Sluijter (1), Jacques Terken (2)

(1) Dept. Linguistics/Phonetics Laboratory Leyden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
(2) Institute for Perception Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The present research aims at a partial model for synthesized text intonation, restricted to utterances consisting of a single intonation phrase. Intonational characteristics of short utterances, embedded in systematically varied positions of a paragraph were investigated. The effects of paragraph position on sentence prosody were mainly located in the beginning of the utterance. A model was formulated capturing the main findings and it was perceptually evaluated within the framework of a system for text-to-speech synthesis. The results indicated that the model contributed to the naturalness of the synthesized intonation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sluijter, Agaath / Terken, Jacques (1992): "The development and perceptive evaluation of a model for paragraph intonation in dutch", In ICSLP-1992, 353-356.