Mathieu Avanzi

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The goal of this paper is to shed new light on accentuation in French, more precisely to discuss the role of grammatical constraints and of phonetic factors implicated in the perception of French final and non-final accent. The study is based on the analysis of a 70-minute long corpus, including various speaking styles. The corpus has been annotated(More)
The aim of this paper is to present a software tool called ANALOR, which allows semi-automatic prominence detection in spontaneous French. On the basis of a manual annotation performed by two experts on a 70-minute long corpus including different regional varieties of French (Belgian, Swiss and metropolitan French) and various discourse genres (from read(More)
In the area of large French speech corpora, there is a demonstrated need for a common prosodic notation system allowing for easy data exchange, comparison, and automatic annotation. The major questions are: (1) how to develop a single simple scheme of prosodic transcription which could form the basis of guidelines for non-expert manual annotation (NEMA),(More)
A major drawback of current Hidden Markov Model (HMM)-based speech synthesis is the monotony of the generated speech which is closely related to the monotony of the generated prosody. Complementary to model-oriented approaches that aim to increase the prosodic variability by reducing the " over-smoothing " effect, this paper presents a linguistic-oriented(More)
The aim of this paper is to present a tool developed in order to generate French rhythmical structure semi-automatically, without taking grammatical cues into account. On the basis of a phonemic alignment, the software first locates prominent syllables by considering basic acoustic features such as F0, duration and silent pause. It then assigns a degree of(More)
In this paper an attempt is made to automatically recognize the speaker's accent among regional Swiss French accents from four different regions of Switzerland, i.e. Geneva (GE), Martigny (MA), Neuchâtel (NE) and Nyon (NY). To achieve this goal, we rely on a generative probabilistic framework for classification based on Gaussian mixture modelling (GMM). Two(More)
This paper investigates the prosodic difference between two types of subject-NPs in spontaneous French: left-dislocated NPs (NPs followed by a coreferent pronoun in the subsequent verbal clause, as in mon mari i , il i est instituteur, my husband i he i is a teacher) and heavy NPs (NPs which are not followed by a coreferent pronoun, as in mon mari est(More)
Prosodic transcription of spoken corpora relies mainly on the identification of perceived prominence. However, the manual annotation of prominent phenomena is extremely time-consuming, and varies greatly from one expert to another. Automating this procedure would be of great importance. In this study, we present the first results of a methodology aiming at(More)