A systematic framework for studying the contribution of F0 and duration to the perception of accented words in Hebrew

Noam Amir, Bat Chen Almogi, Hansjörg Mixdorff

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Abstract

In this study we defined a methodology for examining the combined effect of F0 and duration in accenting a syllable, leading to the perception of narrow focus in a short sentence. The F0 and duration variables were manipulated independently in one word in each of three four-word sentences. F0 was manipulated through use of the Fujisaki model of intonation, whereas duration was manipulated using Praat software. Subjects were asked indirectly to determine whether any word was accented. Initial results showed that perception was influenced by changes in F0 more than by changes in duration, with some degree of interplay between the two variables. Identification curves show a categorical perception of accent as a function of F0.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2008
PublisherInternational Speech Communications Association
Pages285-288
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780616220030
StatePublished - 2008
Event4th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2008, SP 2008 - Campinas, Brazil
Duration: 6 May 20089 May 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2008

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2008, SP 2008
Country/TerritoryBrazil
CityCampinas
Period6/05/089/05/08

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