Second European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Genova, Italy
September 24-26, 1991


Speaker Related Variability in the Durations of Dutch Speech Segments

Henk van den Heuvel, Bert Cranen, Toni Rietveld

Nijmegen University, Dept. of Language and Speech, Phonetics Section Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Lists of 24 CVCa nonsense words read by 10 speakers with 10 replications were used to determine speaker specificities in the realization of segment durations. Results indicate that long speech segments (long vowels) display more speaker variability than short segments and that sonorant consonants display less speaker variability than other consonants. Also individual speaking rate proved to be an important factor in this study. Keywords: segmental durations; automatic speaker recognition

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Bibliographic reference.  Heuvel, Henk van den / Cranen, Bert / Rietveld, Toni (1991): "Speaker related variability in the durations of dutch speech segments", In EUROSPEECH-1991, 251-254.