Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
September 17-21, 2006

Perceptive and Acoustic Measurement of Average Speaking Pitch of Female and Male Speakers in German Radio News

Sven Grawunder (1), Ines Bose (2), Birgit Hertha (2), Franziska Trauselt (2), Lutz Christian Anders (2)

(1) Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany; (2) Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

The average pitch of 68 news broadcasters (34 female / 34 male speakers) was evaluated by 6 expert listeners. Additionally, the average fundamental frequency for all samples was analyzed by means of a series of standard pitch detection algorithms. The results show a strong correlation of acoustic mean and auditory median values for male voices, whereas the auditory mean values female voices are slightly higher than their acoustic counterparts. Vice versa interlistener reliability is higher for the evaluation of female speakers, whereas listeners report more difficulties in rating for male speaking voices.

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Bibliographic reference.  Grawunder, Sven / Bose, Ines / Hertha, Birgit / Trauselt, Franziska / Anders, Lutz Christian (2006): "Perceptive and acoustic measurement of average speaking pitch of female and male speakers in German radio news", In INTERSPEECH-2006, paper 1966-Tue1BuP.9.