5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Automatic Detection of Prominence (as Defined by Listeners' Judgements) in Read Aloud Dutch Sentences

Barbertje M. Streefkerk (1), Louis C. W. Pols (1), Louis F.M. ten Bosch (2)

(1) Institute of Phonetic Science Amsterdam, The Netherlands
(2) Lernaut & Hauspie Speech Products N.V., Belgium

This paper describes a first step towards the automatic classification of prominence (as defined by naive listeners). As a result of a listening experiment each word in 500 sentences was marked with a rating scale between '0' (non-prominent) and '10' (very prominent). These prominence labels are compared with the following acoustical features: loudness of each vowel, and F0 range and duration of each syllable. A linear relationship between the rating scale of prominence and these acoustical features is found. These acoustical features then are used for a preliminary automatic classification to predict prominence.

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Bibliographic reference.  Streefkerk, Barbertje M. / Pols, Louis C. W. / Bosch, Louis F.M. ten (1998): "Automatic detection of prominence (as defined by listeners' judgements) in read aloud dutch sentences", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0285.