Perceptual Prominence

Thomas Portele, Barbara Heuft, Christina Widera, Petra Wagner, Maria Wolters

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One of the important functions of prosody is emphasizing linguistic units in contrast to their environment. Perceived prosodic prominence is a gradual parameter which integrates linguistic and paralinguistic influences on one hand, and acoustic parameters on the other hand. We investigate the labelling of prominence as well as acoustic prosodic correlates of prominence on the basis of a database of read speech in which each syllable was labelled with a prominence value on a scale from 0-31, and each boundary with a prominence of value on a scale from 0-9. We also report on linguistic correlates of prominence. Finally, we show that prominence can be redirected reliably from linguistic and/or acoustic features of the signal. For this reason, the notion of prominence is also highly useful for speech synthesis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpeech and Signals. Aspects of Speech Synthesis and Automatic Speech Recognition.
Subtitle of host publicationFestschrift dedicated to Wolfgang Hess on his 60th birthday
PublisherHektor, Frankfurt a.M.
ISBN (Print)3930110172
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Publication series

NameForum phoneticum
PublisherWissenschaftliche Buchh. Theo Hector (2000)


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