Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Challenging the Perceptual Relevance of Prosodic Breaks in Multilingual Spontaneous Speech Corpora: C-ORAL-BRASIL / C-ORAL-ROM

Massimo Moneglia (1), Tommaso Raso (2), Maryualê Malvessi-Mittmann (2), Heliana Mello (2)

(1) LABLITA, University of Florence, Italy; (2) Faculty of Letters, UFMG, Brazil

A Corpus of Brazilian Portuguese (BP) will join CORAL- ROM [1] adopting the same corpus design and prosodic annotation schema. The inter-rater agreement concerning the annotation of terminal and non terminal breaks by both experts and non experts is studied and compared with the early C-ORAL-ROM results [2]. Although the overall prominence of prosodic breaks is confirmed (K > 0.80) the inter-rater agreement for terminals turns out satisfactory only for the experts (0.76). Moreover the annotation of non terminal breaks shows low reliability and suffers of language specific factors connected to the rhythmic structure of BP [3:179-184]. The paper focuses on the qualitative analysis of the language contexts types determining the low inter-rater agreement and highlights both language specific and general factors which interact with perceptual prominence of prosodic breaks in BP.


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Bibliographic reference.  Moneglia, Massimo / Raso, Tommaso / Malvessi-Mittmann, Maryualê / Mello, Heliana (2010): "Challenging the perceptual relevance of prosodic breaks in multilingual spontaneous speech corpora: c-ORAL-BRASIL / c-ORAL-ROM", In SP-2010, paper 2010.