An Investigation of Prosody in Hindi Narrative Speech

Preethi Jyothi, Jennifer Cole, Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, Vandana Puri


This paper investigates how prosodic elements such as prominences and prosodic boundaries in Hindi are perceived. We approach this using data from three sources: (i) native speakers of Hindi without any linguistic expertise (ii) a linguistically trained expert in Hindi prosody and finally, (iii) automatic classifiers trained on English for prominence and boundary detection. We use speech from a corpus of Hindi narrative speech for our experiments. Our results indicate that non-expert transcribers do not have a consistent notion of prosodic prominences. However, they show considerable agreement regarding the placement of prosodic boundaries. Also, relative to the non-expert transcribers, there is higher agreement between the expert transcriber and the automatically derived labels for prominence (and prosodic boundaries); this suggests the possibility of using classifiers for automatic prediction of these prosodic events in Hindi.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-112

Cite as: Jyothi, P., Cole, J., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Puri, V. (2014) An Investigation of Prosody in Hindi Narrative Speech. Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014, 623-627, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-112.


@inproceedings{Jyothi2014,
  author={Preethi Jyothi and Jennifer Cole and Mark Hasegawa-Johnson and Vandana Puri},
  title={{An Investigation of Prosody in Hindi Narrative Speech}},
  year=2014,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014},
  pages={623--627},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-112},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-112}
}