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Recognizing and Modelling Regional Varieties of Swedish
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Speech Communication and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1399-6604
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KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Speech Communication and Technology.
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2008 (English)In: INTERSPEECH 2008: 9TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPEECH COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION 2008, 2008, 512-515 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Our recent work within the research project SIMULEKT (Simulating Intonational Varieties of Swedish) includes two approaches. The first involves a pilot perception test, used for detecting tendencies in human clustering of Swedish dialects. 30 Swedish listeners were asked to identify the geographical origin of Swedish native speakers by clicking on a map of Sweden. Results indicate for example that listeners from the south of Sweden are better at recognizing some major Swedish dialects than listeners from the central part of Sweden, which includes the capital area. The second approach concerns a method for modelling intonation using the newly developed SWING (Swedish INtonation Generator) tool, where annotated speech samples are resynthesized with rule based intonation and audiovisually analysed with regards to the major intonational varieties of Swedish. We consider both approaches important in our aim to test and further develop the Swedish prosody model.

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2008. 512-515 p.
Keyword [en]
perception (of Swedish) dialects, prosody modelling, analysis tool, resynthesis
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General Language Studies and Linguistics Computer and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-24333ISI: 000277026100135Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84867224229ISBN: 978-1-61567-378-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-24333DiVA: diva2:346590
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9th Annual Conference of the International-Speech-Communication-Association (INTERSPEECH 2008), Brisbane, AUSTRALIA, SEP 22-26, 2008
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QC 20100923Available from: 2010-09-01 Created: 2010-09-01 Last updated: 2011-02-23Bibliographically approved
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1. Alternative Measures of Phonation: Collision Threshold Pressure and Electroglottographic Spectral Tilt: Extra: Perception of Swedish Accents
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Alternative Measures of Phonation: Collision Threshold Pressure and Electroglottographic Spectral Tilt: Extra: Perception of Swedish Accents
2010 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The collision threshold pressure (CTP), i.e. the smallest amount of subglottal pressure needed for vocal fold collision, has been explored as a possible complement or alternative to the now commonly used phonation threshold pressure (PTP), i.e. the smallest amount of subglottal pressure needed to initiate and sustain vocal fold oscillation. In addition, the effects of vocal warm-up (Paper 1) and vocal loading (Paper 2) on the CTP and the PTP have been investigated. Results confirm previous findings that PTP increases with an increase in fundamental frequency (F0) of phonation and this is true also for CTP, which on average is about 4 cm H2O higher than the PTP. Statistically significant increases of the CTP and PTP after vocal loading were confirmed and after the vocal warm-up, the threshold pressures were generally lowered although these results were significant only for the females. The vocal loading effect was minor for the two singer subjects who participated in the experiment of Paper 2.

In Paper 3, the now commonly used audio spectral tilt (AST) is measured on the vowels of a large database (5277 sentences) containing speech of one male Swedish actor. Moreover, the new measure electroglottographic spectral tilt (EST) is calculated from the derivatives of the electroglottographic signals (DEGG) of the same database. Both AST and EST were checked for vowel dependency and the results show that while AST is vowel dependent, EST is not.

Paper 4 reports the findings from a perception experiment on Swedish accents performed on 47 Swedish native speakers from the three main parts of Sweden. Speech consisting of one sentence chosen for its prosodically interesting properties and spoken by 72 speakers was played in headphones. The subjects would then try to locate the origin of every speaker on a map of Sweden. Results showed for example that the accents of the capital of Sweden (Stockholm), Gotland and southern Sweden were the ones placed correctly to the highest degree.

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Stockholm: KTH, 2010. 46 p.
Series
Trita-CSC-A, ISSN 1653-5723 ; 2010:11
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Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-24335 (URN)978-91-7415-712-3 (ISBN)
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2010-09-20, Fantum, Lindstedtsvägen 24, Stockholm, 15:15 (Swedish)
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QC 20100915Available from: 2010-09-15 Created: 2010-09-01 Last updated: 2010-09-23Bibliographically approved

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