5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

IViE - A Comparative Transcription system for Intonational Variation in English

Esther Grabe, Francis Nolan, Kimberley J. Farrar

University of Cambridge, UK

In this paper, we offer an alternative to ToBI, the current de facto standard for machine-readable labelling of English prosody. We have three reasons for arguing that an alternative is needed. Firstly, the ToBI tone inventory is not maximally constrained; it appears to be difficult for transcribers to reach high inter-transcriber agreement scores for tone labels. Secondly, the growing demand for prosodically labelled data from non-standard varieties of English suggests a need for a transparent comparative transcription system. ToBI was not designed for this purpose. Thirdly, the low inter-transcriber agreement scores for ToBI suggest that the system is not as easy to apply as it may at first appear. In the present paper, we describe an alternative: the IViE system (Intonational Variation in English). We describe the structure of IViE and discuss its application with examples.

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Bibliographic reference.  Grabe, Esther / Nolan, Francis / Farrar, Kimberley J. (1998): "IVie - a comparative transcription system for intonational variation in English", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0099.