First European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Paris, France
September 27-29, 1989

A Unified Approach to the Labelling of Speech: First Multilingual Results

A. van Erp (1), C. G. J. Houben (1), William J. Barry (2), Martine Grice (2), Louis-Jean Boë (3), G. Braun (4), Piero Cosi (5), N. Dyhr (6), Guy Perennou (7), Nadine Vigouroux (7), Denis Autesserre (8)

(1) PTT Research Neher Laboratories, Leidschendarn
(2) Dept. of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London
(3) Institut de Communication Parlee, Grenoble
(4) Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies, University of Bielefeld
(5) Centro di Studio per le Ricerche de Fonetica, Padua
(6) Institute of Elecontronic Systems, Aalborg
(7) Laboratoire CERFIA, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
(8) Institut Phonetique d'Aix, Aix-en-Provence

In ESPRIT-project nx, 2589 'Multilingual Speech Input and Output Assessment Methodology and Standardisation' (SAM), eight European languages (viz. Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish) form the subject of investigation. As a basic support tool for the development of assessment methods a standard approach to the (semi-automatic) labelling of speech is needed, which will serve, at the same time, the European speech community at large. In the present contribution some of the work going on in the ESPRIT-SAM project are displayed. Some of the labelling criteria used are presented, as well as some data on the agreements between labellers. To conclude, it is presented how the standard approach to semi-automatic labelling is envisaged.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Erp, A. van / Houben, C. G. J. / Barry, William J. / Grice, Martine / Boë, Louis-Jean / Braun, G. / Cosi, Piero / Dyhr, N. / Perennou, Guy / Vigouroux, Nadine / Autesserre, Denis (1989): "A unified approach to the labelling of speech: first multilingual results", In EUROSPEECH-1989, 2088-2091.