4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

F0 Declination in Read-Aloud and Spontaneous Speech

Marc Swerts (1), Eva Strangert (2), Mattias Heldner (2)

(1) Institute for Perception Research (IPO), Eindhoven, The Netherlands
(2) Department of Phonetics, Umea University, Sweden

This paper deals with a prosodic comparison of spontaneous and read-aloud speech. More specifically, the study reports data on F0 declination in these two speaking modes using Swedish materials. For both speaking styles the analysis revealed negative slopes, a steepness-duration dependency with declination being less steep in longer utterances than in shorter ones and resetting at utterance boundaries. However, there was a difference in degree of declination between the two speaking styles, read-aloud speech in general having steeper slopes, a more apparent time-dependency and stronger resetting than spontaneous speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Swerts, Marc / Strangert, Eva / Heldner, Mattias (1996): "F0 declination in read-aloud and spontaneous speech", In ICSLP-1996, 1501-1504.