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

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Comparing Word-Level Intelligibility after Linear vs. Non-Linear Time-Compression

Esther Janse

Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, The Netherlands

In this paper the question is addressed whether the word-level intelligibility of time-compressed speech can be improved over linear compression by using a type of non-linear compression. Two options are tested: one type of compression which takes into account the natural timing of fast speech; and one other type of compression that saves the segmental intelligibility of short unstressed syllables. This is tested at two rates of speech: fast and very fast. The results of the perception experiments (an articulation test and a speech-interference test) show that, at both rates of speech, neither of the two types of non-linear time-compression improves intelligibility over linear compression. This suggests that both the prosodic pattern and the segmental intelligibility of both syllables contribute to word recognition in fast speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Janse, Esther (2001): "Comparing word-level intelligibility after linear vs. non-linear time-compression", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 1407-1410.