EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Factors Affecting Schwa-Insertion in Final Consonant Clusters in Standard Dutch

Marc Swerts, Hanne Kloots, Steven Gillis, Georges De Schutter

Antwerp University, Belgium

The current paper describes a study that deals with the factors that determine the possible insertion of a schwa in final consonant clusters in Standard Dutch. Our study reveals that the absence or occurrence of such an extra vowel is dependent on regional, social and phonotactic determinants. We discuss how this finding, in combination with other results on speech variability, is important for speech technological applications, both for synthesis and recognition.

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Bibliographic reference.  Swerts, Marc / Kloots, Hanne / Gillis, Steven / Schutter, Georges De (2001): "Factors affecting schwa-insertion in final consonant clusters in standard dutch", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 75-78.