Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Analysis and Modeling of the Effect of Paralinguistic Information upon the Local Speech Rate

Sumio Ohno (1), Yoshimitsu Sugiyama (2), Hiroya Fujisaki (2)

(1) Tokyo University of Technology, Hachioji, Japan
(2) Science University of Tokyo, Noda, Japan

The local speech rate is one of the important prosodic parameters for representing both linguistic and paralinguistic information. The present paper presents a command-response model for the process of speech rate control, and applies it to the analysis of the effects of emphasis on the local speech rate in English utterances. It shows that the local speech rate as a function of time can be approximated by the smoothed response of a second-order linear system for speech rate control to a set of underlying commands, whose timings and amplitudes serve as quantitative parameters for representing paralinguistic information. Together with the command-response model for F0 contour generation, it provides a unified approach to the quantitative analysis of paralinguistic information in prosody.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ohno, Sumio / Sugiyama, Yoshimitsu / Fujisaki, Hiroya (2000): "Analysis and modeling of the effect of paralinguistic information upon the local speech rate", In ICSLP-2000, vol.2, 353-356.