First European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Paris, France
September 27-29, 1989

A New Method in Intonation Research Using Partly Controlled, Simulated Dialogues

Ingo Hertrich (1), R. D. Gartenberg (2)

(1) Institut für Phonetik und digitale Sprachverarbeitung, Univ. Kiel, Kiel, Germany
(2) EUROLOGOS S.A., Bruxelles, Belgium

Adequate speech recordings for intonation research should meet the following conditions: (1) Naturalness, (2) Control of semantic, linguistic and pragmatic content, (3) Standardization of the recording situation. A method is described here using simulated dialogues comprising two alternating roles: Role one serves to set the desired situational framework for subsequent responses and is prerecorded on tape. Role two consists of fixed responses presented on a monitor screen at the appropriate moment in the dialogue. A subject is requested to play the 'life' dialogue partner listening to role one and using the presented responses. His/her spoken utterances are recorded on tape for subsequent analysis. Some possible applications are discussed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hertrich, Ingo / Gartenberg, R. D. (1989): "A new method in intonation research using partly controlled, simulated dialogues", In EUROSPEECH-1989, 1051-1054.