13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

Objective, Subjective and Linguistic Roads to Perceptual Prominence.How Are They Compared and Why?

Petra Wagner (1), Fabio Tamburini (2), Andreas Windmann (1)

(1) Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
(2) Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Orientali, Università di Bologna, Italy

Prosodic prominence denotes the perceptual salience of linguistic units. There exists no agreement on (1) adequate methods for its subjective measurement, (2) its objective acoustic correlates and (3) its relationship to linguistic structure. A traditional approach for evaluating any of these descriptive layers is an inter-level comparison, e.g. between a perceptual and an acoustic model of prominence. However, (1) there exists no standard procedure for such a comparison, and (2) such a comparison is misleading if both layers are expected to be symmetrical, given the neglected influence of linguistic top-down expectancies. We propose an evaluation procedure for prominence models relying on tripartite correlations of perception, its acoustic correlates and linguistic expectations. We suggest a novel correlation metric and test its usefulness on a prosodic corpus of German.

Index Terms: prominence, evaluation, prosody

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Wagner, Petra / Tamburini, Fabio / Windmann, Andreas (2012): "Objective, subjective and linguistic roads to perceptual are they compared and why?", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 2386-2389.