ISCA Archive Eurospeech 1999
ISCA Archive Eurospeech 1999

A method for the analysis of prosodic registers

Gregor Möhler, Jörg Mayer

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).


doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.1999-178

Cite as: Möhler, G., Mayer, J. (1999) A method for the analysis of prosodic registers. Proc. 6th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 1999), 735-738, doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.1999-178

@inproceedings{mohler99_eurospeech,
  author={Gregor Möhler and Jörg Mayer},
  title={{A method for the analysis of prosodic registers}},
  year=1999,
  booktitle={Proc. 6th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 1999)},
  pages={735--738},
  doi={10.21437/Eurospeech.1999-178}
}