13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

Obtaining Prominence Judgments From Naive Listeners.Influence of Rating Scales Linguistic Levels and Normalisation

Denis Arnold (1), Petra Wagner (2), Bernd Möbius (3)

(1) Quantitative Linguistics, University of Tübingen, Germany
(2) Faculty of Linguistics and Literature, Bielefeld University, Germany
(3) Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Saarland University, Germany

In this paper we examine different approaches to obtain judgments of perceptual prominence. We discuss different prominence scales, the influence of the linguistic unit on which prominence is rated and the normalisation of prominence judgments. We propose the use of a multilevel scale for obtaining prominence judgments. It seems that naive listeners can rate word prominence better than syllable prominence, resulting in better correlations to acoustics. It is shown that normalisation should be applied to the obtained ratings.

Index Terms: prosody, prominence, methods, normalisation, acoustic correlates

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Arnold, Denis / Wagner, Petra / Möbius, Bernd (2012): "Obtaining prominence judgments from naive listeners.influence of rating scales linguistic levels and normalisation", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 2394-2397.