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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Phonetic Properties of Russian Spontaneous Speech

Liya V. Bondarko, Nina B. Volskaya, Svetlana O. Tananaiko, Ludmila A. Vasilieva

Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia

This article deals with the results of the systematically performed comparative study of read and spontaneous Russian speech. The data described were obtained in course of fulfilling the RFBR project No 01-06-80188 "Phonetic Properties of Russian Spontaneous Speech". Recordings of Russian spontaneous speech were made from 5 Russian standard speakers (the speakers were chosen from different age groups, from 18 to 55 years old). Then the read versions of spontaneous dialogues based on a transcript of spontaneous speech were recorded from the same speakers. Lexically identical fragments of spontaneous speech and reading were chosen and compared. For each speaker the duration of the sound material was at least 10 minutes. A multilevel segmentation of the material into intonation units, accent groups, open syllables and phonemes was performed, followed by prosodic and segmental analysis. A hierarchically presented data lets study every unit or segment in the context of a given and higher level of presentation. Further statistical processing gave the data on the comparison of three types of transcription, on the sound duration and on formant characteristics of vowels in two types of speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bondarko, Liya V. / Volskaya, Nina B. / Tananaiko, Svetlana O. / Vasilieva, Ludmila A. (2003): "Phonetic properties of Russian spontaneous speech", In ICPhS-15, 2973-2976.