4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Acoustic Variability in Spontaneous Conversational Speech of American English Talkers

Ann K. Syrdal

AT&T Network and Computing Services, Holmdel, NJ, USA

Speaker variability strongly impacts human perception and technology performance, yet large-scale, systematic study of the acoustic characteristics involved is rarely undertaken. This study provides statistics on selected segmental and suprasegmental acoustic parameters from measures made on spontaneous conversational telephone speech from 160 speakers in the Switchboard Corpus.[1] Since spontaneous conversational speech is more dynamically variable than read speech and is representative of actual human communication, it was preferred for our applied research purposes.

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Bibliographic reference.  Syrdal, Ann K. (1996): "Acoustic variability in spontaneous conversational speech of american English talkers", In ICSLP-1996, 438-441.