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Rhythmic variability between some Asian languages: results from an automatic analysis of temporal characteristics


Dellwo, Volker; Mok, Peggy; Jenny, Mathias (2014). Rhythmic variability between some Asian languages: results from an automatic analysis of temporal characteristics. In: Interspeech 2014, Singapore, 14 September 2014 - 18 September 2014, 1708-1711.

Abstract

The rhythmic organization of speech can vary between languages. In the present research we studied rhythmic variability between Mandarin, Cantonese and Thai using automatically retrieved prosodic temporal characteristics from read speech. We measured the variability of intervals between amplitude peaks in the amplitude envelope (<10 Hz) and the durational characteristics of intervals with and without glottal activity (voiced and unvoiced intervals) in speech. Results for between language comparisons revealed significant differences between languages in both amplitude peak interval variability and voiced-voiceless interval durational characteristics. Results are discussed in connection with language specific phonotactic/phonological properties and hypotheses about the perceptual significance of the acoustic measurements in terms of speech rhythm.

Abstract

The rhythmic organization of speech can vary between languages. In the present research we studied rhythmic variability between Mandarin, Cantonese and Thai using automatically retrieved prosodic temporal characteristics from read speech. We measured the variability of intervals between amplitude peaks in the amplitude envelope (<10 Hz) and the durational characteristics of intervals with and without glottal activity (voiced and unvoiced intervals) in speech. Results for between language comparisons revealed significant differences between languages in both amplitude peak interval variability and voiced-voiceless interval durational characteristics. Results are discussed in connection with language specific phonotactic/phonological properties and hypotheses about the perceptual significance of the acoustic measurements in terms of speech rhythm.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Event End Date:18 September 2014
Deposited On:17 Nov 2014 13:43
Last Modified:14 Feb 2018 21:57
Publisher:International Speech Communication Association
Number of Pages:4
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/interspeech_2014/i14_1708.html

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