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

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

Listening to Lists: Studying Durational Phenomena in Enumerations

Hannes Pirker, Stefan Kramer

Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (ÖFAI), Vienna, Austria

A study on durational phenomena in list like enumerations in German is presented. Due to its highly structured and uniform nature this rather specialized utterance type seems especially wellsuited for investigating principles of the rhythmical organization of speech. A corpus extracted from radio weather reports is used in order to investigate phenomena like prefinal lengthening and effects of isochrony and prominence. In addition to studying durational phenomena with standard statistical methods, the data also was analyzed using Structural Regression Trees (SRT), a machine learning algorithm.

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Bibliographic reference.  Pirker, Hannes / Kramer, Stefan (1999): "Listening to lists: studying durational phenomena in enumerations", In ICPhS-14, 273-276.