Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

The Effect of Glottalization on Voice Preference

Hongwei Ding, Oliver Jokisch, Rüdiger Hoffmann

Laboratory of Acoustics and Speech Communication, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

The impact of phrasal prosody on glottalization is documented in many publications. Besides prosodic boundary and stress, other influencing factors such as the speaking style have been studied in [1]. The work reported here examines the relationship between the objective preference of listeners and the occurrence of speakers’ glottalization, speech data employed for this purpose were phonetically balanced sentences in six languages. Additional experiment, concerning the influence of reading style on glottalization, was conducted with American words and phrases read with monotone and isolated Chinese syllables segmented from carrier sentences. Evaluating the statistics from this investigation, we can come to following conclusions: (a) The occurrence and degree of glottalization can be different across speakers. (b) As an prosodic effect, glottalization is not undesired for speakers. (c) A well-defined reading style can increase the occurrence.


  1. Pierrehumbert, J.(2000): #, +, and ? . In 7th meeting on Laboratory Phonology. Nijmegen. June, 2000

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Ding, Hongwei / Jokisch, Oliver / Hoffmann, Rüdiger (2006): "The effect of glottalization on voice preference", In SP-2006, paper 258.