Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

A Method for the Analysis of Prosodic Registers

Gregor Möhler, Jörg Mayer

Institute of Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart, Germany

The position of a speaker's pitch range conveys important information about the structure of the discourse. In this study we extract the pitch range of a speech database and compare the results with a register description of global prominence. The automatic extraction of the pitch range uses a parametric description of pitch accents and boundaries. We focused on the analysis of the pitch range properties during a sub-topic change, and found that the phonetic properties extracted from a database confirmed the predictions of the phonological model of global prominence: In phrases introducing a sub-topic, the lower margin is found to be at an average level, whereas the upper margin is clearly raised (extra-high register). In messages concluding a sub-topic, the pitch range is compressed and at a low level (low-compressed register).

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Bibliographic reference.  Möhler, Gregor / Mayer, Jörg (1999): "A method for the analysis of prosodic registers", In EUROSPEECH'99, 735-738.