Intonation: Theory, Models, and Applications

Athens, Greece
September 18-20, 1997


Evaluation of an Intonation Model for German Spontaneous Speech

Christel Brindöpke, Brigitte Schaffranietz

University of Bielefeld, Technical Faculty & Faculty of Linguistics and Literature, Bielefeld, Germany

In this paper we present an evaluation of an intonation model for German spontaneous speech. In contrast to the model developed by Adriaens [1] which is based on read speech and has been evaluated with regard to its acceptability for read speech of a single male speaker, our corpus involves spontaneous spoken utterances of male and female German speakers. Native speakers had to rate resynthesized originals versus stylized contours. Foreign (English) intonations patterns were used as a control group. The results of the experiment give sufficient support to the validity of the model as it stands for German spontaneous utterances.

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Bibliographic reference.  Brindöpke, Christel / Schaffranietz, Brigitte (1997): "Evaluation of an intonation model for German spontaneous speech", In INT-1997, 51-54.