5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

An Experimental Phonetic Study of the Interrelationship Between Prosodic Phrase and Syntactic Structure

Cheol-jae Seong (1), Sanghun Kim (2)

(1) Dept. of Linguistics, Chungnam Nat'l University, Korea
(2) Spoken Language Processing Section, Electronics & Telecommunications Research Institute, Korea

The boundaries found in the target 100 travelling domain dialogue sentences were labelled automatically according to the relative 9-stepped phonetic depth. The text database was also tagged with syntactic information. Having established 4 kinds of acoustic features, we arranged the prosodic aspect which can be depicted as a continuous change of duration and intonation across the penultimate, boundary, and post-boundary syllables along the X-Y two dimensional scale. Majority of the syntactic pairs seemed to have a characteristic that the intonation tends to fluctuate from rising to falling and, simultaneously, the duration showed of a short-long-short or a long-short-short pattern in the same syllable string of penultimate- boundary-post_boundary.

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Bibliographic reference.  Seong, Cheol-jae / Kim, Sanghun (1997): "An experimental phonetic study of the interrelationship between prosodic phrase and syntactic structure", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 755-758.