Auditory-Visual Speech Processing
(AVSP 2001)

September 7-9, 2001
Aalborg, Denmark

Non-Verbal Correlates to Focal Accents in Swedish

Christel Ekvall (1), Bertil Lyberg (1,2), Michael Randén (1)

(1) Telia Research AB, SE-123 86 Farsta, SWEDEN
(2) Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping, SWEDEN 1/12/1

Speech is normally accompanied or supplemented with different gestures such as eyebrow movements and head movements. These movements seem to be of great importance in face-to-face communication. In this study we were studying the visual correlates to focal accent in read speech. We were especially interested in the timing of the non-verbal events in relation to the speech signal and thereby the segmental flow. It was found that the head movements were highly correlated to the focused word of the utterance. The head movements were either down and forward or up and back.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ekvall, Christel / Lyberg, Bertil / Randén, Michael (2001): "Non-verbal correlates to focal accents in Swedish", In AVSP-2001, 121-126.