ISCA Archive Interspeech 2013
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2013

Analysis and modeling of “focus” in context

Dirk Hovy, Gopala Krishna Anumanchipalli, Alok Parlikar, Caroline Vaughn, Adam Lammert, Eduard Hovy, Alan W. Black

This paper uses a crowd-sourced definition of a speech phenomenon we have called "focus". Given sentences, text and speech, in isolation and in context, we asked annotators to identify what we term the "focus" word. We present their consistency in identifying the focused word, when presented with text or speech stimuli. We then build models to show how well we predict that focus word from lexical (and higher) level features. Also, using spectral and prosodic information, we show the differences in these focus words when spoken with and without context. Finally, we show how we can improve speech synthesis of these utterances given focus information.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2013-109

Cite as: Hovy, D., Anumanchipalli, G.K., Parlikar, A., Vaughn, C., Lammert, A., Hovy, E., Black, A.W. (2013) Analysis and modeling of “focus” in context. Proc. Interspeech 2013, 402-406, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2013-109

  author={Dirk Hovy and Gopala Krishna Anumanchipalli and Alok Parlikar and Caroline Vaughn and Adam Lammert and Eduard Hovy and Alan W. Black},
  title={{Analysis and modeling of “focus” in context}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2013},