Exploring prosodic and conversational context factors in pitch perception

Margaret Zellers, Antje Schweitzer


Listeners use pitch information to contextualize and interpret what they hear in conversation, but contextualization requires a frame of reference in terms of both acoustic information and conversational structure. We investigate how different acoustic features such as fundamental frequency (F0), intensity, and duration, as well as different contexts for listening to speech (i.e. in isolation versus adjacent to another conversational turn) relate to listeners' perception of pitch in speech. Following a perception experiment in which listeners gave pitch ratings for individual turns or pairs of turns drawn from a corpus, we explore the relationship of prosodic features to listeners' judgments. While whole-turn F0 appears to be most relevant to judgment of turns in isolation, pitch and intensity in the region of the transition are prioritized in the turn-comparative judgments.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-47

Cite as: Zellers, M., Schweitzer, A. (2018) Exploring prosodic and conversational context factors in pitch perception. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 230-234, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-47.


@inproceedings{Zellers2018,
  author={Margaret Zellers and Antje Schweitzer},
  title={Exploring prosodic and conversational context factors in pitch perception},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={230--234},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-47},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-47}
}