12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Assessing Acoustic Reduction: Exploiting Local Structure in Speech

Louis ten Bosch (1), Annika Hämäläinen (2), Mirjam Ernestus (1)

(1) Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands
(2) Loquendo, Italy

This paper presents a method to quantify the spectral characteristics of reduction in speech. Hamalainen et al. (2009) proposes a measure of spectral reduction which is able to predict a substantial amount of the variation in duration that linguistically motivated variables do not account for. In this paper, we continue studying acoustic reduction in speech by developing a new acoustic measure of reduction, based on local manifold structure in speech. We show that this measure yields significantly improved statistical models for predicting variation in duration.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bosch, Louis ten / Hämäläinen, Annika / Ernestus, Mirjam (2011): "Assessing acoustic reduction: exploiting local structure in speech", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 2665-2668.