A multispeaker analysis of durations in read French paragraphs.

@article{OShaughnessy1984AMA,
  title={A multispeaker analysis of durations in read French paragraphs.},
  author={Douglas D. O'Shaughnessy},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  year={1984},
  volume={76 6},
  pages={1664-72}
}
Understanding how the durations of acoustic segments vary in natural language can lead to more intelligible synthetic speech, and to improved automatic recognition. Toward this goal, a 111-word French paragraph was read by 29 native speakers from France. Measured durations of acoustic segments were significantly shorter than those in earlier studies of stressed words in French sentences read from a list. Previously recognized trends (short schwa vowels and function words; long unvoiced… CONTINUE READING

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