5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Improving the Phonetic Annotation by means of Prosodic Phrasing

Halewijn Vereecken (1), Annemie Vorstermans (2), Jean-Pierre Martens (1), Bert van Coile (1,2)

(1) ELIS, University of Gent, Belgium
(2) Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products NV, Ieper, Belgium

It was established that the performance of our annotation system [8] is affected by the length of the utterances: the error rate, the CPU-load and the memory requirements tend to increase as the utterances get longer. In this contribution the speech signal is first segmented into speech, pauses and noise (breaths, clicks, : : :) and subsequently split in signal phrases prior to the annotation. Experiments on 3 different databases (3 languages) demonstrate that this stategy yields a significant improvement of the annotation accuracy.

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Bibliographic reference.  Vereecken, Halewijn / Vorstermans, Annemie / Martens, Jean-Pierre / Coile, Bert van (1997): "Improving the phonetic annotation by means of prosodic phrasing", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 179-182.