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

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Towards a Model of Target Oriented Production of Prosody

Grzegorz Dogil, Bernd Möbius

University of Stuttgart, Germany

A new paradigm for prosody research is presented, inspired by the speech production model recently proposed by Guenther, Perkell, and colleagues. This research paradigm aims at generalizing the production model by extending it from a predominantly segmental perspective to a new theory of the production of prosody. Speech movements in the prosodic domain are interpreted as intonational gestures that are planned to reach and traverse perceptual target regions. Evidence from F0 alignment studies suggests that the perceptual targets can be approximately represented by regions in a multidimensional acoustictemporal space. These studies also indicate that segmental, spectral, temporal, and prosodic structure are co-produced in such a way as to mutually support and enhance, and not impair, the perceptual targets. Furthermore, examples of multi-level mappings between invariant and variable targets in the domain of prosody are provided, and a dichotomy of phonemic and postural prosodic settings is discussed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Dogil, Grzegorz / Möbius, Bernd (2001): "Towards a model of target oriented production of prosody", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 665-668.