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Nordic Prosody

Proceedings of the XIIth Conference, Trondheim 2016

Edited By Jardar Eggesbö Abrahamsen, Jacques Koreman and Wim van Dommelen

This volume contains articles based on the presentations given at the Nordic Prosody XII conference, which was held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway) in August 2016. The contributors investigate various prosodic aspects, including intonation, rhythm, speaking rate, intensity, and breathing, using approaches ranging from phonetic and phonological analysis to speech technology methods. While most of the studies examine read speech, some of them explore the prosodics of spontaneous speech. The languages that receive most attention are Norwegian, Swedish and Icelandic as well as Estonian, Latgalian and Polish. In addition to the larger Nordic languages, several papers focus on regional languages spoken in these areas.

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Timing pattern variability in Latgalian read speech (Katarzyna Klessa / Nicole Nau / Oskars Orlovs)

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Katarzyna Klessa, Nicole Nau, Oskars Orlovs

Timing pattern variability in Latgalian read speech

Abstract: This paper reports on the results of a pilot study of annotation mining based on a corpus of Latgalian read speech. A Latgalian version of “The North Wind and the Sun” was read by eight speakers of the language in three different speaking rates. The recordings were transcribed and segmented semi-automatically on phrase, word, and syllable level. The analysis concerned basic duration-based statistics and selected timing variability patterns within pause-delimited groups of syllables (interpausal time groups) and was performed using the Annotation Pro+TGA techniques. In Latgalian, word stress is expected on the first syllable. It was found that syllable duration lengthening might be one of the stress correlates since word-initial syllables appear to be longer in all speaking rates. This tendency is strongest in the position immediately after a pause. Average syllable duration regression slopes were lower than those observed for Polish or French. Mean regression intercept was positively correlated with mean durations, and inversely correlated with speaking rate. Average syllable-based nPVI (49.58) was slightly higher than in Polish, and similar in range to the values reported for Estonian read speech.

1. Introduction

This paper presents a study on timing pattern variability based on a corpus of Latgalian read speech. Latgalian is an Eastern Baltic language spoken in Latgalia in Eastern Latvia, where it functions as a regional language (a collateral language, see Wicherkiewicz, 2014). Latgalian prosody has...

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