Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

A Simple Procedure to Clarify the Relation Between Text and Prosody

Hanny den Ouden (1,2), Carel van Wijk (1), Marc Swerts (2,3)

(1) CLS Discourse Studies Group, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands
(2) IPO Center for User-System Interaction, Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands
(3) CNTS Center for Dutch Language and Speech, Antwerp University, Belgium

Four texts originally broadcasted on radio, were presented to 52 participants in a paper-and-pencil task: they were instructed to assign a linear structure by placing slashes between segments, and a hierarchical structure by underscoring and crossing out segments. Strength of paragraph boundary had a regular relation with pause duration and F0 maximum. Hierarchical position tended to be marked in two ways: centrality by pause duration and redundancy by F0 maximum. Speech rate was independent of text structure.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ouden, Hanny den / Wijk, Carel van / Swerts, Marc (2000): "A simple procedure to clarify the relation between text and prosody", In ICSLP-2000, vol.2, 563-566.