Using Prosody to Find Mentions of Urgent Problems in Radio Broadcasts

Nigel Ward, James Jodoin, Anindita Nath, Olac Fuentes


This paper examines whether prosodic information is usefully indicative of urgency and related attributes of situations in news broadcasts. We find that, in all 8 languages studied, prosody is informative. We also find some predictive value in cross-language modeling, suggesting the possibility of universal tendencies.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-135

Cite as: Ward, N., Jodoin, J., Nath, A., Fuentes, O. (2020) Using Prosody to Find Mentions of Urgent Problems in Radio Broadcasts. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 660-664, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-135.


@inproceedings{Ward2020,
  author={Nigel Ward and James Jodoin and Anindita Nath and Olac Fuentes},
  title={{Using Prosody to Find Mentions of Urgent Problems in Radio Broadcasts}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={660--664},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-135},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-135}
}