Helena Moniz

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This paper focuses on the tasks of recovering capitalization and punctuation marks from texts without that information, such as spoken transcripts, produced by automatic speech recognition systems. These two practical rich transcription tasks were performed using the same discriminative approach, based on maximum entropy, suitable for on-the-fly usage.(More)
This paper describes a new generic text-to-speech synthesis system, developed in the scope of the Tecnovoz Project. Although it was primarily targeted at speech synthesis in European Portuguese, its modular architecture and flexible components allows its use for different languages. We also provide a survey on the development of the language resources(More)
Classroom lectures may be very challenging for automatic speech recognizers, because the vocabulary may be very specific and the speaking style very spontaneous. Our first experiments using a recognizer trained for Broadcast News resulted in word error rates near 60%, clearly confirming the need for adaptation to the specific topic of the lectures, on one(More)
This paper describes the corpus of university lectures that has been recorded in European Portuguese, and some of the recognition experiments we have done with it. The highly specific topic domain and the spontaneous speech nature of the lectures are two of the most challenging problems. Lexical and language model adaptation proved difficult given the(More)
This work explores prosodic cues of disfluent phenomena. In our previous work, we conducted a perceptual experiment regarding (dis)fluency ratings. Results suggested that some disfluencies may be considered felicitous by listeners, namely filled pauses and prolongations. In an attempt to discriminate which linguistic features are more salient in the(More)
This work explores prosodic cues of disfluencies in a corpus of university lectures. Results show three significant (p < 0.001) trends: pitch and energy slopes are significantly different between the disfluency and the onset of fluency; those features are also relevant to disfluency type differentiation; and they do not seem to be a speakereffect. The best(More)
This paper analyzes the prosodic properties of disfluencies and of their contexts in a corpus of university lectures. Results show that there is a general tendency to repair fluency by means of prosodic contrast marking strategies (pitch and energy increase), regardless of the specific disfluency type, but still there are degrees in the contrast made by(More)
This paper describes our recent work on extending the punctuation module of automatic subtitles for Portuguese Broadcast News. The main improvement was achieved by the use of prosodic information. This enabled the extension of the previous module which covered only full stops and commas, to cover question marks as well. The approach uses lexical, acoustic(More)
Prosodic prominence is an umbrella term encompassing various related but conceptually and functionally different phenomena such as phonological stress, paralinguistic emphasis, lexical, syntactic, semantic or pragmatic salience, to mention a few. Due to the high interest prominence has received from various disciplines, it has been studied from multiple(More)
This paper reports preliminary results from a study of disfluencies in European Portuguese, based on a corpus of prepared (non-scripted) and spontaneous oral presentations in high school context. We will focus on the contextual distribution and temporal patterns of filled pauses and segmental prolongations, as well as on the way those are rated by(More)