Second International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP'92)

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

Criteria for Labelling Prosodic Aspects of English Speech

Paul C. Bagshaw, Briony J. Williams

Centre for Speech Technology Research, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

We report a set of labelling criteria which have been developed to label prosodic events in clear, continuous speech, and propose a scheme whereby this information can be transcribed in a machine readable format. We have chosen to annotate prosody in a syllabic domain which is synchronised with a phonemic segmentation. A procedural definition of syllables based on the grouping of phones is presented. The criteria for hand labelling the prominence of each syllable, tone-unit boundaries and the pitch movement associated with each accented syllable, are described. Work to automate this process is presented and experimental results evaluating its performance are included.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Bagshaw, Paul C. / Williams, Briony J. (1992): "Criteria for labelling prosodic aspects of English speech", In ICSLP-1992, 859-862.