15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

On Some Acoustic Features of Spontaneous Speech and Reading in Russian (Quantitative and Qualitative Comparison Methods)

Olga Bolotova

Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia

This paper deals with comparative characteristics of spontaneous speech and reading in Russian. The material used was obtained in the course of fulfilling the INTAS 915 research project. High quality sound recordings of spontaneous speech and reading of five standard speakers of Russian were made (the procedure is described in detail in Bondarko et al. in this volume). Identical fragments of both types of speech were chosen for comparison. To obtain relevant results, large amounts of data were analyzed with the help of computer software developed for that purpose (Praat scripts). The methods to reveal the phonetic differences between the two types of speech are described. The characteristics under analysis are segment durations, stress dependent vowel duration and different types of transcription.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bolotova, Olga (2003): "On some acoustic features of spontaneous speech and reading in Russian (quantitative and qualitative comparison methods)", In ICPhS-15, 913-916.