Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Alignment of F0 Model Parameters with Final and Non-Final Accents in Argentinean Spanish

Jorge Gurlekian (1), Hansjörg Mixdorff (2), Diego Evin (1), Humberto Torres (1), Hartmut R. Pfitzinger (3)

(1) Laboratory of Sensory Research. University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
(2) Department of Informatics and Media, BHT University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany
(3) Institute of Phonetics and Digital Speech Processing, University of Kiel, Germany

The goal of this study is to explore the association between tonal accents and fundamental frequency parameters obtained from the Fujisaki model in Buenos Aires Spanish. Results indicate that three-syllable words in final position which are stressed on the third syllable are associated with early peaks. In non-final word accents, late peaks are found for words stressed in the first and second syllables. Alignments were calculated for accent commands relative to the onset of both the accented syllable and its nucleus. Similarly to an earlier study on German, anchoring is supported in favor of tonal transitions than of F0 peaks, considering that alignment of onset and offset times of accent commands appear earlier for final than for non-final accents.

Index Terms: Fujisaki model, prosodic labeling, tonal accents

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Bibliographic reference.  Gurlekian, Jorge / Mixdorff, Hansjörg / Evin, Diego / Torres, Humberto / Pfitzinger, Hartmut R. (2010): "Alignment of F0 model parameters with final and non-final accents in Argentinean Spanish", In SP-2010, paper 131.