8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Geneva, Switzerland
September 1-4, 2003


Perceptually-Related Acoustic-Prosodic Features of Phrase Finals in Spontaneous Speech

Carlos Toshinori Ishi, Parham Mokhtari, Nick Campbell

ATR-HIS, Japan

With the aim of automatically categorizing phrase final tones, investigations are conducted on the relationship between acoustic-prosodic parameters and perceptual tone categories. Three types of acoustic parameters are proposed: one related to pitch movement within the phrase final, one related to pitch reset prior to the phrase final, and one related to the length of the phrase final. A classification tree is used to evaluate automatic categorization of phrase final tone types, resulting in 76% correct classification for the best combination among the proposed acoustic parameters. Experiments are also conducted to verify the perceived degree of pitch change within a phrase final, and the perceived degree of pitch reset. While a good relationship is found between the perceptual scores and some of the acoustic parameters, our results also advocate a continuous rather than a categorical relationship between some of the phrase final tone-types considered.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ishi, Carlos Toshinori / Mokhtari, Parham / Campbell, Nick (2003): "Perceptually-related acoustic-prosodic features of phrase finals in spontaneous speech", In EUROSPEECH-2003, 405-408.