Fifth International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications (MAVEBA 2007)
In this study three different prominence and
speech melody related effects on voice quality were
studied using an inverse filtering based method. The
hypothesis that prominence as a function of sentence
and word stress is signaled with more pressed voice
quality was tested. The results indicated discrepancies
in the parameterization results, and the original hypothesis
could not be confirmed. Instead, it is suggested
that prominence is expressed with a more breathy voice
quality. A possible physiological explanation for the
phenomenon is also provided.
Index Terms. voice inverse filtering, prominence
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Bibliographic reference. Airas, M. / Alku, Paavo / Vainio, M. (2007): "Laryngeal voice quality changes in expression of prominence in continuous speech", In MAVEBA-2007, 135-138.