7th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

September 16-20, 2002
Denver, Colorado, USA

Perceptual Evaluation of Audiovisual Cues for Prominence

Emiel Krahmer (1), Zsˇfia Ruttkay (2), Marc Swerts (3), Wieger Wesselink (4)

(1) Tilburg University, The Netherlands; (2) CWI, The Netherlands; (3) TU/e, Belgium; (4) TU/e, The Netherlands

This paper1 reports on two experiments with a Talking Head that explore the ability of eyebrow movements to cue focus. The first experiment tests how listeners react to synthetic stimuli in which the eyebrow movements coincide with pitch accents versus those in which these two occur on different words. Results show that subjects prefer those utterances in which pitch and eyebrow movements are aligned on the same word. The second experiment investigates whether listeners are sensitive to eyebrow movements when they have to rate the prominence of particular words in audiovisual stimuli. This experiment shows that eyebrow movements both boost the perceived prominence of words that also receive a pitch accent, and downscale the prominence of unaccented words in the immediate context of the accented word.

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Bibliographic reference.  Krahmer, Emiel / Ruttkay, Zsˇfia / Swerts, Marc / Wesselink, Wieger (2002): "Perceptual evaluation of audiovisual cues for prominence", In ICSLP-2002, 1933-1936.