INSPECTing read speech: How different typefaces affect speech prosody

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Innovating Speech Elicitation Techniques (INSPECT) is a line of research that aims to describe and quantify how different recording methods and materials affect speech production both inside and outside the laboratory. In addition, it aims to find new elicitation techniques or refine established techniques such that they provide a better control over speaking styles and/or target variables, particularly with respect to informal and expressive speech. Against this background, the present study investigates if and how typefaces of texts affect prosodic patterns in read speech. Analysing recordings of 24 Standard German native speakers showed that typeface has clear effects on the realization of prosodic patterns in read speech tasks. This includes local events like disfluencies, laughter, and breathing, as well as holistic characteristics of prosodic phrases like mean f0 and intensity levels, f0 ranges, f0 slopes, and speaking rates. For example, texts using sans-serif typefaces like Arial were produced very fluently. The opposite was true for typefaces like Forte and Times, which caused more expressive speech, laughter, and L* and H% intonations.
Title of host publicationProc. 8th International Conference of Speech Prosody
EditorsJon Barnes, Alejna Brugos, Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, Nanette Veilleux
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
Publication date1 Jun 2016
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016
Event8th Speech Prosody Conference - Boston, United States
Duration: 31 May 20163 Jun 2016


Conference8th Speech Prosody Conference
LandUnited States
SeriesSpeech Prosody

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