Designing And Labelling A Prosodic Database For American English

Anja Elsner, Maria Wolters, Thomas Portele, Monika Rauth, Gerit Sonntag

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Abstract / Description of output

A corpus of read American English was designed as a research tool for speech synthesis and prosody research with an emphasis on concept-to-speech research. The total duration of the corpus is two hours. It was recorded with two native speakers who also provide the voices of the VERBMOBIL American English speech synthesis. The corpus was annotated linguistically on several levels (syntax, semantic, pragmatic). All sentences were labelled prosodically and phonetically by hand-correcting automatically generated labels.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn Proc. First Conf. on Language Resources, Corpora and
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • prosodic database
  • american english
  • speech synthesis research
  • pragmatic information
  • total duration
  • native speaker
  • prosody research
  • research tool
  • read american english
  • speech synthesis
  • new database
  • concept-to-speech research
  • speech-to-speech dialogue translation
  • verbmobil project
  • verbmobil american english speech synthesis
  • several level
  • prime importance


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