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

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Prominence Correlates. A Study of Swedish

Gunnar Fant (1), Anita Kruckenberg (1), Johan Liljencrants (1), Antonis Botinis (2)

(1) KTH, Sweden; (2) University of Skövde, Sweden

This is a summary of studies of word and syllable prominence in Swedish performed during several years. A unique feature is the correlation of observed acoustic data with a continuously scaled parameter of perceived prominence. Besides the established parameters of duration, F0, intensity, and spectral tilt we have also data on true subglottal pressure. Studies of co-variation within the set of acoustic parameters reveal some interesting relations, some of which can be related to the production mechanism. The major part of the material derives from prose reading, but we have also data from contrasting "lab type" sentences. Some systematic differences appear. Our findings have applications in the development of text-to-speech rules

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Bibliographic reference.  Fant, Gunnar / Kruckenberg, Anita / Liljencrants, Johan / Botinis, Antonis (2001): "Prominence correlates. a study of Swedish", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 657-660.