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A Comparative Study of Focus Realization in Three Swedish Dialects
Telia Research AB, Spoken Language Processing, Haninge, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3734-0757
1996 (English)In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ISSN 0001-4966, E-ISSN 1520-8524, Vol. 99, no 4, p. 2492-2492Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
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State-of-the-art speech recognition and speech translation systems do not currently make use of prosodic information. Utterances often have one or more constituents semantically focused by prosodic means and detection of the focus/foci of anutterance is crucial for a correct interpretation of the speech signal. Thus, a semantic model of focus should be linked to a model describing the acoustic-phonetic correlates of the speech. However, variability exists at both the semantic and the prosodic ends. Semantically different kinds of foci might be associated with specific prosodic gestures. Also, a semantically specific type of focus might be realised indifferent ways in different varieties of a given language since general intonational patterns vary between dialects. In this paper, focus realisation in three different dialects of Swedish is investigated. Subjects from Stockholm, Gšteborg and Malmšö recorded three sets of four sentences where focus was systematically put on four different constituents by having the subjects answer wh-questions. Since Swedish is a language with two tonal accents, words with these accents both in and out of focus were included. Dialectal as well as individual variation in focus realisation is described with emphasis on invariant and optional phenomena.

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AIP Publishing , 1996. Vol. 99, no 4, p. 2492-2492
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-135276DOI: 10.1121/1.415627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-135276DiVA, id: diva2:1080369
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131st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Indianapolis, IN, USA, 13–17 May 1996
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