Estimation of speaking style in speech corpora focusing on speech transcriptions

Raymond Shen, Hideaki Kikuchi

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Abstract

Recent developments in computer technology have allowed the construction and widespread application of large-scale speech corpora. To foster ease of data retrieval for people interested in utilising these speech corpora, we attempt to characterise speaking style across some of them. In this paper, we first introduce the 3 scales of speaking style proposed by Eskenazi in 1993. We then use morphological features extracted from speech transcriptions that have proven effective in style discrimination and author identification in the field of natural language processing to construct an estimation model of speaking style. More specifically, we randomly choose transcriptions from various speech corpora as text stimuli with which to conduct a rating experiment on speaking style perception; then, using the features extracted from those stimuli and the rating results, we construct an estimation model of speaking style by a multi-regression analysis. After the cross validation (leave-1-out), the results show that among the 3 scales of speaking style, the ratings of 2 scales can be estimated with high accuracies, which prove the effectiveness of our method in the estimation of speaking style.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2014
EditorsNicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Sara Goggi, Thierry Declerck, Joseph Mariani, Bente Maegaard, Asuncion Moreno, Jan Odijk, Helene Mazo, Stelios Piperidis, Hrafn Loftsson
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Pages2747-2752
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9782951740884
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2014 - Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 2014 May 262014 May 31

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2014

Other

Other9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2014
Country/TerritoryIceland
CityReykjavik
Period14/5/2614/5/31

Keywords

  • Estimation
  • Speaking style
  • Transcriptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics

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