5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Persistence of Prosodic Features Between Dialectal and Standard Italian Utterances in Six Sub-Varieties of a Region Of Southern Italy (Salento): First Assessments of the Results of a Recognition Test and an Instrumental Analysis

Antonio Romano

Centre de Dialectologie, Université Stendhal, Grenoble, France

The aim of the work to be reported here is to attempt to verify that some dialectal varieties of a restricted area show sensible differences in their prosody and that normally the same differences characterise the prosodic system of speakers when performing sentences in Italian. To verify these hypothesis two kind of experiment were carried out: a perceptual recognition test based on sentences differing only by prosodic cues and uttered in Italian by different speakers of the region; a detailed phonetic inspection of the acoustical makeup to detect which cues are most likely to be responsible for the listener success in the recognition task.

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Bibliographic reference.  Romano, Antonio (1997): "Persistence of prosodic features between dialectal and standard Italian utterances in six sub-varieties of a region of southern Italy (salento): first assessments of the results of a recognition test and an instrumental analysis", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 175-178.