Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Speech Rate and Syllable Timing in Spontaneous Speech

Henrietta J. Cedergren, Hélène Perreault

Departement de linguistique, Université du Quebec a Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

This paper bears on the issue of modelling timing in spontaneous speech. It presents the analysis of syllable timing in spontaneous speech corpora using three minutes excerpts of sociolinguistic interviews of two speakers of Montreal French. A speech rate transform of the data based on a measure of local tempo within each intonational phrase is obtained. A regression analysis of syllable timing is presented which compares two dependent variables, the first consists of measured syllable durations in milliseconds, the second consists of rate adjusted syllable durations in milliseconds. Although predicting syllable timing in spontaneous speech does not achieve the level of results achieved in reading paradigms as measured by R2, rate normalization provides improved results. We present and discuss the analyses of both speakers.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cedergren, Henrietta J. / Perreault, Hélène (1994): "Speech rate and syllable timing in spontaneous speech", In ICSLP-1994, 1087-1090.