- Automatic detection of prominence (as defined by listeners' judgements) in read aloud Dutch sentences
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- 5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing ICSLP'98, Sydney, Australia: proceedings. Vol. 3
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- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
This paper describes a first step towards the automatic classification of prominence (as defined by native listeners). As a result of a listening experiment each word in 500 sentences was marked with a rating scale between `0' (non-prominent) and `10' (very prominent). These prominence labels are compared with the following acoustical features: loudness of each vowel, and F0 range and duration of each syllable. A linear relationship between the rating scale of prominence and these acoustical features is found. These acoustical features then are used for a preliminary automatic classification to predict prominence.
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