Bistra Andreeva

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This article presents preliminary results indicating that speakers have a different pitch range when they speak a foreign language compared to the pitch variation that occurs when they speak their native language. To this end, a learner corpus with French and German speakers was analyzed. Results suggest that speakers indeed produce a smaller pitch range in(More)
In a production study, Bulgarian, English and German verses with regular poetic metrical metres of different types and elicited prose utterances with varied accentual patterns are produced in textual and iterative (dada) form and measured at syllable level according to the pairwise variability index (PVI) principle. Systematic differences in PVI values show(More)
This study investigates cross-language differences in pitch range and variation in four languages from two language groups: English and German (Germanic) and Bulgarian and Polish (Slavic). The analysis is based on large multi-speaker corpora (48 speakers for Polish, 60 for each of the other three languages). Linear mixed models were computed that include(More)
The acoustic-phonetic properties of words spoken with three different levels of accentuation (de-accented, pre-nuclear and nuclear accented in broad-focus and nuclear accented in narrow-focus) are examined in question-answer elicited sentences and iterative imitations (on the syllable da) produced by six French and six German speakers. Normalised parameter(More)
The hidden Markov modelling experiments presented in this paper show that consonant identification results can be improved substantially if a neural network is used to extract linguistically relevant information from the acoustic signal before applying hidden Markov modelling. The neural network – or in this case a combination of two Kohonen networks –(More)
This paper describes three cross-language ASR experiments which use hidden Markov modelling. The first one shows that consonant identification improves when vowel transitions are used. In particular, the consonants’ place of articulation is identified better, because the vowel transitions contain formant trajectories which depend on the consonant’s place of(More)
This study examines the pitch profiles of French learners of German and German learners of French, both in their native language (L1), and in their respective foreign language (L2). Results of the analysis of 84 speakers suggest that for short read sentences, French and German speakers do not show pitch range differences in their native production.(More)
The reduction of the six Bulgarian vowels (i, , a, , , u) to a fouror (in some dialects) three-vowel subsystem (i, ( ), , u) in unstressed syllables is generally accepted. But a number of studies disagree on the exact nature of the reduction process. Claims differ as to whether or not /a/ merges phonetically with / /, and / / with /u/, or whether the(More)
The present paper is a first attempt to use the Fujisaki model to parameterize the F0 contours of utterances containing Accent 1 and Accent 2 tonal accents in Norwegian in different focus conditions. Differences in timing and amplitude of the accent commands are found, largely corresponding to descriptions in the literature. This shows that the model can be(More)
We present the design of a corpus of native and non-native speech for the language pair French-German, with a special emphasis on phonetic and prosodic aspects. To our knowledge there is no suitable corpus, in terms of size and coverage, currently available for the target language pair. To select the target L1-L2 interference phenomena we prepare a small(More)