5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

A Perceptive Measure of Pure Prosody Linguistic Functions with Reiterant Sentences

Albert Rilliard, Véronique Aubergé

Institut de la Communication Parlee, France

We present here a perceptual measure experiment of the linguistic segmentation hints carried by prosody. The selected paradigm is a dissociation test between couples of stimuli. The sentences are made of several segmentation variations in group and clause levels, and couples are made on all possible combinations of two sentences from the corpus. 20 listeners are able to associate at the same time the similar area and syntactic level frontiers. They admit a single syllable translation on the position of the major syntactic boundary in the reiterated stimuli. They distinguish the couples that do not show the same frontiers. The results also show that listeners are puzzled (random choices) when the proposed frontiers delimit complex segments.

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Bibliographic reference.  Rilliard, Albert / Aubergé, Véronique (1998): "A perceptive measure of pure prosody linguistic functions with reiterant sentences", In ICSLP-1998, paper 1086.