Speech Prosody 2008

Campinas, Brazil
May 6-9, 2008

Modelling Intonation in Varieties of Swedish

Gösta Bruce (1), Susanne Schötz (1), Björn Granström (2), Laura Enflo (2)

(1) Dept. of Linguistics and Phonetics, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden (2) Dept. of Speech, Music and Hearing, School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

The research project Simulating intonational varieties of Swedish (SIMULEKT) aims to gain more precise and thorough knowledge about some major regional varieties of Swedish: South, G¨ota, Svea, Gotland, Dala, North, and Finland Swedish. In this research effort, the Swedish prosody model and different forms of speech synthesis play a prominent role. The two speech databases SweDia 2000 and SpeechDat constitute our main material for analysis. As a first test case for our prosody model, we compared Svea and North Swedish intonation in a pilot production-oriented perception test. Na¨ýve Swedish listeners were asked to identify the most Svea and North sounding stimuli. Results showed that listeners can differentiate between the two varieties from intonation only. They also provided information on how intonational parameters affect listeners’ impression of Swedish varieties. All this indicates that our experimental method can be used to test perception of different regional varieties of Swedish.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Bruce, Gösta / Schötz, Susanne / Granström, Björn / Enflo, Laura (2008): "Modelling intonation in varieties of Swedish", In SP-2008, 571-574.