Third ESCA/COCOSDA Workshop on Speech Synthesis

November 26-29, 1998
Jenolan Caves House, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Contextual Effects on Syllable Duration

Li-Chiung Yang

Dept. of Linguistics, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA

Recent work on duration has emphasized both higher level contextual factors as key to syllable duration and segmental characteristics as giving rise to syllable duration. fn this paper, our goal is to look at several higher level contexts, as well as specific phonemic characteristics, and investigate their respective contributions to syllable level duration. We show that the number of syllables in a name is an important determinant of syllable duration in our data. Tn addition, we find that position in sentence, stress, and phonemic complexity are important factors that help to account for variations in syllable duration, and that the duration sensitivity to stress and position are dependent on vowel characteristics, specifically, on the laxness or tenseness of the vowel.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yang, Li-Chiung (1998): "Contextual Effects on Syllable Duration", In SSW3-1998, 37-42.