ISCA Archive Eurospeech 2001
ISCA Archive Eurospeech 2001

Comparing word-level intelligibility after linear vs. non-linear time-compression

Esther Janse

In this paper the question is addressed whether the word-level intelligibility of time-compressed speech can be improved over linear compression by using a type of non-linear compression. Two options are tested: one type of compression which takes into account the natural timing of fast speech; and one other type of compression that saves the segmental intelligibility of short unstressed syllables. This is tested at two rates of speech: fast and very fast. The results of the perception experiments (an articulation test and a speech-interference test) show that, at both rates of speech, neither of the two types of non-linear time-compression improves intelligibility over linear compression. This suggests that both the prosodic pattern and the segmental intelligibility of both syllables contribute to word recognition in fast speech.


doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.2001-363

Cite as: Janse, E. (2001) Comparing word-level intelligibility after linear vs. non-linear time-compression. Proc. 7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 2001), 1407-1410, doi: 10.21437/Eurospeech.2001-363

@inproceedings{janse01_eurospeech,
  author={Esther Janse},
  title={{Comparing word-level intelligibility after linear vs. non-linear time-compression}},
  year=2001,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 2001)},
  pages={1407--1410},
  doi={10.21437/Eurospeech.2001-363}
}