Prosody: Theory and Experiment

Studies Presented to Gösta Bruce

  • Merle Horne

Part of the Text, Speech and Language Technology book series (TLTB, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Merle Horne
    Pages 1-10
  3. Janet Pierrehumbert
    Pages 11-36
  4. Daniel Hirst, Albert Di Cristo, Robert Espesser
    Pages 51-87
  5. Jacques Terken, Dik Hermes
    Pages 89-127
  6. Mary E. Beckman, K. Bretonnel Cohen
    Pages 169-200
  7. Elisabeth Selkirk
    Pages 231-261
  8. Mari Ostendorf
    Pages 263-279
  9. Nick Campbell
    Pages 281-334
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 351-359

About this book


The study of prosody is perhaps the area of speech research which has undergone the most noticeable development during the past ten to fifteen years. As an indication of this, one can note, for example, that at the latest International Conference on Spoken Language Processing in Philadelphia (October 1996), there were more sessions devoted to prosody than to any other area. Not only that, but within other sessions, in particular those dealing with dialogue, several of the presentations dealt specifically with prosodic aspects of dialogue research. Even at the latest Eurospeech meeting in Rhodes (September 1997), prosody, together with speech recognition (where several contributions dealt with how prosodic cues can be exploited to improve recognition processes) were the most frequent session topics, despite the fact that th'ere was a separate ESCA satellite workshop on intonation in conjunction with the main Eurospeech meeting which included over 80 contributions. This focus on prosodic research is partly due to the fact that developments in speech technology have made it possible to examine the acoustic parameters associated with prosodic phenomena (in particular fundamental frequency and duration) to an extent which has not been possible in other domains of speech research. It is also due to the fact that significant theoretical advances in linguistics and phonetics have been made during this time which have made it possible to obtain a better understanding of how prosodic parameters function in expressing different kinds of meaning in the languages of the world.


Intonation Klang communication detection phonetics phonology

Editors and affiliations

  • Merle Horne
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LundSweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5562-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9413-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1386-291X
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