Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

The Influence of Speaking Style on Lexical F0 Profiles in French

Rena Nemoto (1), Martine Adda-Decker (2), Jacques Durand (3)

(1) LIMSI-CNRS & Université Paris-Sud 11, Orsay, France
(2) LPP CNRS/Université Paris 3, Paris, France
(3) CLLE-ERSS (UMR5263) CNRS & Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail, Toulouse, France

This study presents a comparison of French lexical fundamental frequency (f0) profiles for different speaking styles using phonemic, syllabic and lexical transcriptions as well as partof- speech annotations. Three speaking styles (broadcast news, broadcast conferences and conversations) with over 20 hours of speech were used. Syllabic word length and POS were considered as influential factors. Results confirm word final syllable accentuation as common tendency in French. The study highlights noun word-initial accentuation after determiner for BN style speech. Journalistic prepared speech features lexical words with more dynamic f0 profiles on average versus more stable flat profiles for our spontaneous data. Future works include localization of named-entity and/or focus of speech within the framework of discriminative classifiers.

Index Terms: fundamental frequency, lexical f0 profiles, French, word-final accentuation, POS annotation, corpus-based study, automatic processing.

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Bibliographic reference.  Nemoto, Rena / Adda-Decker, Martine / Durand, Jacques (2012): "The influence of speaking style on lexical F0 profiles in French", In SP-2012, 673-676.