12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Comparing Word and Syllable Prominence Rated by Naïve Listeners

Denis Arnold (1), Bernd Möbius (2), Petra Wagner (3)

(1) Universität Bonn, Germany
(2) Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
(3) Universität Bielefeld, Germany

Prominence has been widely studied on the word level and the syllable level. An extensive study comparing the two approaches is missing in the literature. This study investigates how word and syllable prominence relate to each other in German. We find that perceptual ratings based on the word level are more extreme than those based on the syllable level. The correlations between word prominence and acoustic features are greater than the correlations between syllable prominence and acoustic features.

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Bibliographic reference.  Arnold, Denis / Möbius, Bernd / Wagner, Petra (2011): "Comparing word and syllable prominence rated by naïve listeners", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 1877-1880.