Fabio Tamburini

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A precise identification of prosodic phenomena and the construction of tools able to properly manage such phenomena are essential steps to disambiguate the meaning of certain utterances. In particular they are useful for a wide variety of tasks: automatic recognition of spontaneous speech, automatic enhancement of speechgeneration systems, solving(More)
This paper presents work in progress on the automatic detection of prosodic prominence in continuous speech. Prosodic prominence involves two different phonetic features: pitch accents, connected with fundamental frequency (F0) movements and syllable overall energy, and stress, which exhibits a strong correlation with syllable nuclei duration and(More)
This paper presents a follow up of a study on the automatic detection of prosodic prominence in continuous speech. Prosodic prominence involves two different prosodic features, pitch accent and stress, that are typically based on four acoustic parameters: fundamental frequency (F0) movements, overall syllable energy, syllable nuclei duration and(More)
This paper presents work in progress on the automatic detection of prosodic prominence in continuous speech. Prosodic prominence involves two different phonetic features: pitch accents, connected with fundamental frequency (F0) movements and syllable overall energy, and stress, which exhibits a strong correlation with syllable nuclei duration and(More)
Due to increased life expectancy, the prevalence of cognitive decline related to neurodegenerative diseases and to non-neurological conditions is increasing in western countries. As with other diseases, the burden might be reduced through personalized interventions delivered at early stages of the disease. Thus, there is an increasing demand, from both(More)
English. The increasing interest for the extraction of various forms of knowledge from micro-blogs and social media makes crucial the development of resources and tools that can be used for automatically deal with them. PoSTWITA contributes to the advancement of the state-of-the-art for Italian language by: (a) enriching the community with a previously not(More)
Perceptual prominence is an important indicator of a word’s and syllable’s lexical, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic status in a discourse. Its automatic annotation would be a valuable enrichment of large databases used in unit selection speech synthesis and speech recognition. While much research has been carried out on the interaction between prominence(More)
A corpus of written Italian – CORIS – has been under construction at the Centre for Theoretical and Applied Linguistics of Bologna University (CILTA) since 1998 and will soon be completed and made available on-line. The project aims at creating a representative and sizeable general reference corpus of contemporary Italian designed to be easily accessible(More)
In this paper we present work in progress on the PoS annotation of an Italian Corpus (CORIS) developed at CILTA (University of Bologna). We aim to automatically induce the PoS tagset by analysing the distributional behaviour of Italian words by relying only on theory-neutral linguistic knowledge. To this end, we propose an algorithm that derives a possible(More)