Musical Speech: A New Methodology for Transcribing Speech Prosody

Alexsandro R. Meireles, Antônio R.M. Simões, Antonio Celso Ribeiro, Beatriz Raposo de Medeiros


Musical Speech is a new methodology for transcribing speech prosody using musical notation. The methodology presented in this paper is an updated version of our work [12]. Our work is situated in a historical context with a brief survey of the literature of speech melodies, in which we highlight the pioneering works of John Steele, Leoš Janávcek, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Arnold Schoenberg, followed by a linguistic view of musical notation in the analysis of speech. Finally, we present the current state-of-the-art of our innovative methodology that uses a quarter-tone scale for transcribing speech, and shows some initial results of the application of this methodology to prosodic transcription.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2017-316

Cite as: Meireles, A.R., Simões, A.R., Ribeiro, A.C., Medeiros, B.R.D. (2017) Musical Speech: A New Methodology for Transcribing Speech Prosody. Proc. Interspeech 2017, 334-338, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2017-316.


@inproceedings{Meireles2017,
  author={Alexsandro R. Meireles and Antônio R.M. Simões and Antonio Celso Ribeiro and Beatriz Raposo de Medeiros},
  title={Musical Speech: A New Methodology for Transcribing Speech Prosody},
  year=2017,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2017},
  pages={334--338},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2017-316},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2017-316}
}