5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Analysis of Speaking Rate Variations in Stress-Timed Languages

Tom Brondsted, Jens Printz Madsen

Center for PersonKommunikation, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

This paper analyses speaking rate variations in English and Danish and relates them to problems encountered in speech recognition. Intra speaker variabilities in speech rates are explained with reference to time equalisation of stress groups and utterances. Further, it is shown that certain natural classes of phonemes are more affected by speaking rate variations than others. Keywords: Phoneme modeling, rate of speech, phone duration, time equalisation of stress groups and phrases.

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Bibliographic reference.  Brondsted, Tom / Madsen, Jens Printz (1997): "Analysis of speaking rate variations in stress-timed languages", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 481-484.