Second ESCA/IEEE Workshop on Speech Synthesis

September 12-15, 1994
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY, USA

Patterns of F0 Peak Placement in Mexican Spanish

Pilar Prieto, Jan P. H. van Santen, Julia Hirschberg

AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA

A speaker of Mexican Spanish read 405 declarative sentences containing nine distinct target syllables with an H* accent, under different prosodic conditions: end of intonational phrase, end of intermediate phrase, and phrase-medial (varying syllabic position in the word and distance to the next stressed syllable). A preliminary analysis shows that intrasyllabic segmental durations and prosodic factors such as adjacency to word, intonational, and intermediate boundaries, as well as stress clash, are key components in the prediction of peak location.

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Bibliographic reference.  Prieto, Pilar / Santen, Jan P. H. van / Hirschberg, Julia (1994): "Patterns of f0 peak placement in Mexican Spanish", In SSW2-1994, 33-36.