14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

Segmental Prosodic Parameters in Standard Slovene

F. Miheli, J. Gros (1), T. Srebot-Rejec (2), N. Paveši (1)

(1) Artificial Perception Laboratory, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
(2) Department of Comparative and General Linguistics, Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

For the Slovene language, only a few studies of segmental prosodic parameters performed on a representative speech corpus have been reported so far. The most comprehensive and carefully designed is the work of T. Srebot-Rejec, providing an insight into Slovene vowel duration and fundamental freqency on the segmental as well as on the suprasegmental level (under the influence of sentence intonation) [1].
   We used the study of T. Srebot-Rejec as a reference and repeated some of her measurements of vowel duration and fundamental frequency, with a new speaker. We wanted to check whether we could verify her findings and explanations on the nature of word accent and vowel duration in Standard Slovene. On the other hand, we were looking for a relevant parameter set for prosody prediction in the SQEL Slovene Speech Synthesis System S5 [2,3].


  1. Srebot-Rejec, T. 1988. Word Accent and Vowel Duration in Standard Slovene: An Acoustic and Linguistic Investigation. Slawistische Beiträge. Band 226. Verlag Otto Sagner, München.
  2. Gros, J., Paveši, N. and Miheli, F. 1996. A text-to-speech system for the Slovenian language. Proceedings of the EUSIPCO'96. Trieste. 1043-1046.
  3. Gros, J. 1997. Converting Slovenian Text into Speech. PhD Thesis. University of Ljubljana. 1997. (in Slovene).

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Miheli, F. / Gros, J. / Srebot-Rejec, T. / Paveši, N. (1999): "Segmental prosodic parameters in standard Slovene", In ICPhS-14, 265-268.