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

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


The Prosodic Correlates of Expressive Reading

Roddy Cowie (1), Ellen Douglas-Cowie (1), Anne Wichmann (2), P. Hartley (2), C. Smith (2)

(1) Queen's University Belfast, UK; (2) University of Central Lancashire, UK

This paper examines the prosodic correlates of expressiveness and fluency in children's reading. Subjects read a passage and were rated on two scales - expressiveness and fluency. Relationships were explored between these ratings and a wide range of prosodic measures. Broadly speaking, fluency is related to measures of temporal organisation, and expressiveness to pitch variation. Closer inspection shows that expressiveness and fluency are interrelated in complex ways. Measures related to expressiveness are text-dependent, and there are gender effects.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cowie, Roddy / Douglas-Cowie, Ellen / Wichmann, Anne / Hartley, P. / Smith, C. (1999): "The prosodic correlates of expressive reading", In ICPhS-14, 2327-2330.