ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

Testing a large corpus of natural standard Arabic for rhythm class

Liz Dockendorf, Dalal Almubayei, Matthew Benton

Previous studies using acoustic correlates to measure speech rhythm have used small samples of audio and a limited number of speakers. Few have included standard Arabic in the analysis. This study uses Arabic news broadcast along with data output from an automatic speech recognizer time-aligned transcript to test over 50 minutes of speech by 46 speakers. The results show that Arabic, like English and Chinese news broadcasts, exhibits a range of individual speaker rhythm, but its average clearly distinguishes it from the other two on the rhythm continuum. A large number of speakers also makes the average more reliable.


Cite as: Dockendorf, L., Almubayei, D., Benton, M. (2008) Testing a large corpus of natural standard Arabic for rhythm class. Proc. Interspeech 2008, 771

@inproceedings{dockendorf08_interspeech,
  author={Liz Dockendorf and Dalal Almubayei and Matthew Benton},
  title={{Testing a large corpus of natural standard Arabic for rhythm class}},
  year=2008,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},
  pages={771}
}