5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Evaluation of Prosodic Characteristics in Retold Stories in Dutch by means of Semantic Scales

Monique E. van Donzel, Florien J. Koopmans-van Beinum

University of Amsterdam, Institute of Phonetic Sciences/IFOTT, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This paper describes an experiment in which listeners were asked to evaluate various prosodic aspects in retold stories in Dutch, using semantic scales. The aim was to see what features on prosodic level listeners prefer when listening to a retold story in Dutch, and if 'good' and 'bad' speakers can be distinguished in this respect. Results from a factor analysis show that listeners use Voice appreciation, Dynamics, and Articulation quality as main cues in evaluating the retold stories.

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Bibliographic reference.  Donzel, Monique E. van / Koopmans-van Beinum, Florien J. (1997): "Evaluation of prosodic characteristics in retold stories in Dutch by means of semantic scales", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 211-214.