5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Catalan Vowel Duration

Lourdes Aguilar, Julia A. Gimenez, Maria Machuca, Rafael Marin, Montse Riera

Departament de Filologia Espanyola, Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona, Facultat de Lletres, Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain

The temporal organization of discourse has produced a great deal of works in several languages pointing to different aims: from studies where the identification of cues about the planning of linguistic message is treated to studies in which duration models for text-to- speech systems are proposed. This work is a first step towards the description of Catalan vowel duration. Considering the Catalan vowel system, two subsystems can be distinguished according to stress: stressed vowels: /i/, /e/, /E/, /a/, /O/, /o/, /u/, and unstressed vowels /i/, /u/, /@/. The purpose of the present study is to provide data for Catalan vowels in order to achieve a data-oriented description and at the same time a predictive model suitable to be implemented in a TTS system.

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Bibliographic reference.  Aguilar, Lourdes / Gimenez, Julia A. / Machuca, Maria / Marin, Rafael / Riera, Montse (1997): "Catalan vowel duration", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 771-774.