Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Great Expectations - Introspective vs. Perceptual Prominence Ratings and their Acoustic Correlates

Petra Wagner

Universitšt Bonn, Germany

In order to gain knowledge about the interaction between top-down expectations of listeners concerning prosodic prominence and its acoustic correlates, two exploratory empirical studies were carried out. First, native and non-native subjects rated prominences of speech read at normal and very fast - prosodically very different - speech. Later, these ratings were compared with introspective prominence ratings of different listeners. First results indicate a major influence of the introspection on prominence ratings, especially if acoustic cues are difficult to interpret, as it is the case in very fast speech. Compared to native subjects, non-natives rely less on their introspection and more on the acoustics.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Wagner, Petra (2005): "Great expectations - introspective vs. perceptual prominence ratings and their acoustic correlates", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 2381-2384.