Speech rate calculations with short utterances: A study from a speech-to-speech, machine translation mediated map task

Hayakawa Akira, Carl Vogel, Saturnino Luz, Nick Campbell

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Abstract

The motivation for this paper is to present a way to verify if an utterance within a corpus is pronounced at a fast or slow pace. An alternative method to the well-known Word-Per-Minute (wpm) method for cases where this approach is not applicable. For long segmentations, such as the full introduction section of a speech or presentation, the measurement of wpm is a viable option. For short comparisons of the same single word or multiple syllables, Syllables-Per-Second (sps) is also a viable option. However, when there are multiple short utterances that are frequent in task oriented dialogues or natural free flowing conversation, such as those of the direct Human-to-Human dialogues of the HCRC Map Task corpus or the computer mediated inter-lingual dialogues of the ILMT-s2s corpus, it becomes difficult to obtain a meaningful value for the utterance speech rate. In this paper we explain the method used to provide a alternative speech rate value to the utterance of the ILMT-s2s corpus and the HCRC Map Task corpus.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
EditorsHitoshi Isahara, Bente Maegaard, Stelios Piperidis, Christopher Cieri, Thierry Declerck, Koiti Hasida, Helene Mazo, Khalid Choukri, Sara Goggi, Joseph Mariani, Asuncion Moreno, Nicoletta Calzolari, Jan Odijk, Takenobu Tokunaga
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Pages3176-3183
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9791095546009
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2018
Event11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2018 - Miyazaki, Japan
Duration: 7 May 201812 May 2018

Publication series

NameLREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2018
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityMiyazaki
Period7/05/1812/05/18

Keywords

  • Speech rate
  • Task oriented dialogues
  • Utterance duration comparison

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