Speech prosody in musical notation: Spanish, Portuguese and English

Antônio R.M. Simões, Alexsandro Meireles

This study uses musical notation to describe speech prosody in connected speech in Brazilian Portuguese and Mexican Spanish, using English as a comparison where needed. In this investigation we establish the basis on which to expand our future work in speech prosody, from methodology to data collection and analyses, and then make initial observations regarding potentially significant prosodic patterns. Our first observations in this study show that musical notation has already inform us about: 1) the pitch ranges of the speakers in connected speech; 2) speech rate; 3) patterns of moraic and non-moraic syllables; 4) syllable timing; 5) intonation patterns, especially speakers’ tessitura. The methodology that we have developed in this exploratory study may help solve unpredictable patterns of speech prosody, especially in regards to intonation, and consequently lead to the improvement of current speech prosody models.

DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-44

Cite as

Simões, A.R., Meireles, A. (2016) Speech prosody in musical notation: Spanish, Portuguese and English. Proc. Speech Prosody 2016, 212-216.

author={Antônio R.M. Simões and Alexsandro Meireles},
title={Speech prosody in musical notation: Spanish, Portuguese and English},
booktitle={Speech Prosody 2016},