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Nordic Prosody

Proceedings of the Xth Conference, Helsinki 2008

Edited By Martti Vainio, Reijo Aulanko and Olli Aaltonen

This volume contains the revised texts of talks and posters given at the Nordic Prosody X conference, held at the University of Helsinki, in August 2008. The contributions by Scandinavian and other researchers cover a wide range of prosody-related topics from various theoretical and methodological points of view. Although the history of the conference series is Nordic and Scandinavian, the current volume presents studies that are of mainly Baltic origin in the sense that of the eight languages presented in the proceedings only English is not natively spoken around the Baltic Sea. Research issues addressed in the 25 articles include various aspects of speech prosody, their regional variation within and across languages as well as social and idiolectal variation. Speech technology and modelling of prosody are also addressed in more than one article.

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7. Modelling intonational variation in Swedish: two reports from the SIMULEKT project 69

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MODELLING INTONATIONAL VARIATION IN SWEDISH: TWO REPORTS FROM THE SIMULEKT PROJECT Laura Enflo Susanne Schötz Gösta Bruce Björn Granström Jonas Beskow 1 Introduction Our object of study in the research project SIMULEKT (Simulating Intonational Varieties of Swedish) (Bruce et al., 2007) is the prosodic variation characteristic of different regions of the Swedish-speaking area, shown in Figure 1. The seven regions correspond to our present dialect classification scheme. In our work, the Swedish prosody model (Bruce and Gårding, 1978; Bruce and Granström, 1993; Bruce, 2007) and various forms of speech synthesis play prominent roles. Our main sources for analysis are the two Swedish speech databases SpeechDat (Elenius, 1999) and SweDia 2000 (Engstrand et al., 1997). SpeechDat contains telephone-transmitted speech from 5000 speakers, registered by age, gender, current location and self-labelled dialect type, according to Elert’s (1994) suggested Swedish dialect groups, which is a more fine-grained classification with 18 regions in Sweden. The dialect project SweDia 2000 collected a word list, an elicited prosody material, and extensive spontaneous monologues from 12 speakers (younger and elderly men and women) each from more than 100 different places in Sweden and Swedish-speaking parts of Finland. 1.1 The Swedish prosody model The main parameters for the Swedish prosody model (Bruce and Gårding, 1978; Bruce and Granström, 1993; Bruce, 2007) are for word prosody 1) timing charac- teristics of pitch gestures of word accent (accent I/accent II) relative to a stressed syllable, and 2) pitch patterns of...

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