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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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25. Correspondences between KIM-based symbolic prosodic labels and parameters of the Fujisaki model 261

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CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN KIM-BASED SYMBOLIC PROSODIC LABELS AND PARAMETERS OF THE FUJISAKI MODEL Hartmut R. Pfitzinger Hansjörg Mixdorff Benno Peters 1 Introduction The current study examines the relationship between prosodic labels assigned in the Kiel Corpus of Spontaneous Speech IV and parameters of the Fujisaki model of the production process of f0 (Fujisaki and Hirose 1984). By applying a quantitative model to f0 contours extracted from spontaneous speech of four speakers we make f0 peaks accessible to empirical analysis of the temporal alignment with segmental landmarks, e.g. the vowel onset of the accented syllable, and of the relationship between f0 interval and accent level class. Tonal alignment is a research topic at least since Bruce 1977 who investigated the two distinctive prosodic patterns connected with primary stressed syllables in Swedish. He found temporal stability of the f0 contours. More specifically, “an early timing of the fall is interpreted as accent I and a late timing of the fall as accent II with a sharp shift of identification” (Bruce 1977, p. 147). Recently, the question was investigated whether alignment differences across languages arise from a continuum of phonetic alignment realizations which fall within a single phonological category (Atterer and Ladd 2004) or are realizations of several phonological categories (Niebuhr and Ambrazaitis 2006). Mixdorff and Fujisaki 2000 compared German ToBI labels with Fujisaki param- eters. They found that tone labels were strongly correlated with accent commands, and the type of label (typically H*L and L*H) was clearly...

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