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

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Boiling down Prosody for the Classification of Boundaries and Accents in German and English

Anton Batliner, Jan Buckow, Richard Huber, Volker Warnke, Elmar Nöth, Heinrich Niemann

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

In the focus of this paper is a comparison of the most relevant prosodic features/feature classes for the classification of boundaries and accents in German and in English. Principal components were computed based on a large prosodic feature vector; these principal components were used as predictor variables in a Linear Discriminant analysis as well as in a Classification and Regression Tree. The number of the most relevant principal components was between three and five; for both languages and for boundary and accent classification alike, most important were principal components modelling duration, in combination with energy, followed by pauses and F0.

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Bibliographic reference.  Batliner, Anton / Buckow, Jan / Huber, Richard / Warnke, Volker / Nöth, Elmar / Niemann, Heinrich (2001): "Boiling down prosody for the classification of boundaries and accents in German and English", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 2781-2784.