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Phonetic Convergence in Spontaneous Speech

LOCATION:  TEL, Auditorium 3 (20th floor), Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, 10587 Berlin

: 20.02.2017, 14:15-15:00

SPEAKER: Dr. Antje Schweitzer (Universität Stuttgart)


In this talk, two databases of German spontaneous dialogs which were designed to investigate convergence in spontaneous speech will be introduced.
The first database has been released already, the second one is currently being annotated. Both databases contain ratings of the dialog partners concerning their mutual impressions of each other and their perception of the dialog itself, as well as self-rated personality aspects. The second database additionally contains scores from attention and memory tests of the participants, and scores from a 3D computer game that we have developed to test participants' attention to phonetic detail. The databases will be described in some details and some example studies that we have conducted on the first database will be presented.


Dr. Antje Schweitzer is Senior Scientist at the Stuttgart Universities' Institute for Natural Language Processing. She studies various aspects of speech synthesis, speech and prosody perception and production, for example exemplar-theory and Acoustic-prosodic convergence. She will present her work on the last topic and the spoken corpus (GECO) she compiled as part of her work.


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