Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Prosodic Variation with Text Type

Justin Fackrell (1), Halewijn Vereecken (2), Jeska Buhmann (2), Jean-Pierre Martens (2), Bert Van Coile (1,2)

(1) Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products NV, Ieper, Belgium
(2) ELIS, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

This paper describes ongoing work which aims to produce a methodology for automatically deriving several prosody models, each suited for text-to-speech synthesis of a specific text type. As part of this work an experiment is described in which human readings of documents covering 10 common text types (news, weather forecasts, etc) were analysed for their acoustic/prosodic properties. This was carried out in three languages - Dutch (Belgium), English (USA) and French (France). The results confirm that there is substantial variation in prosody across different text types.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fackrell, Justin / Vereecken, Halewijn / Buhmann, Jeska / Martens, Jean-Pierre / Coile, Bert Van (2000): "Prosodic variation with text type", In ICSLP-2000, vol.3, 231-234.