Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
September 17-21, 2006

Visual Correlates to Prominence in Several Expressive Modes

Jonas Beskow, Björn Granström, David House

KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

In this paper, we present measurements of visual, facial parameters obtained from a speech corpus consisting of short, read utterances in which focal accent was systematically varied. The utterances were recorded in a variety of expressive modes including certain, confirming, questioning, uncertain, happy, angry and neutral. Results showed that in all expressive modes, words with focal accent are accompanied by a greater variation of the facial parameters than are words in non-focal positions. Moreover, interesting differences between the expressions in terms of different parameters were found.

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Bibliographic reference.  Beskow, Jonas / Granström, Björn / House, David (2006): "Visual correlates to prominence in several expressive modes", In INTERSPEECH-2006, paper 1922-Tue3WeO.1.