Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Empirical Validation of Hand-labelled Nuclear Accent Patterns

Esther Grabe, Greg P. Kochanski, John Coleman

Phonetics Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK

In a corpus containing speech data from seven dialects of English, we hand-labelled over 700 nuclear accents and identified seven accent types. Then we used four-term mathematical models to describe the fundamental frequency patterns associated with the accents. A statistical analysis showed that the models for six of the seven accents differed significantly from each other. Our hand-labels were associated with consistently different f0 patterns.

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Bibliographic reference.  Grabe, Esther / Kochanski, Greg P. / Coleman, John (2006): "Empirical validation of hand-labelled nuclear accent patterns", In SP-2006, paper 020.