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Speech Prosody 2020

Tokyo, Japan
25-28 May 2020

Chairs: Nobuaki Minematsu, Mariko Kondo, Takayuki Arai and Ryoko Hayashi
doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020
ISSN: 2333-2042

Prosodic Structure

Phonetic content and phonological structure affect pre-boundary lengthening in German
Fabian Schubö, Sabine Zerbian

Prominence Is Not Cued Only Acoustically
Shinobu Mizuguchi, Koichi Tateishi

The first spoken intonation corpus (1909): a re-assessment of Daniel Jones's 'Intonation Curves'
Michael Ashby

Prosodic Units and Intonational Grammar in French : towards a new Approach
Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie, Brechtje Post, Hiyon Yoo

Stressed Pronouns in Spontaneous English
Marlene Böttcher, Sabine Zerbian

Focus and penultimate vowel lengthening in Zulu
Danfeng Wu, Yadav Gowda

Competing prominence requirements in verb-first exclamatives with contrastive and given information
Heiko Seeliger, Sophie Repp

Effects of surprisal and boundary strength on phrase-final lengthening
Bistra Andreeva, Bernd Möbius, James Whang

Perceptual dynamics in the processing of tonal alignment
Leonardo Lancia, Cristel Portes

Preboundary lengthening in Somali
David Le Gac, Sabrina Bendjaballah

The appropriateness of prenuclear accent types – Evidence for information structural effects
Stefan Baumann, Janina Kalbertodt, Jane Mertens

Prosodic phrasing in Russian spontaneous and read speech: evidence from large speech corpora
Tatiana Kachkovskaia, Pavel Skrelin

An Autosegmental-Metrical Analysis of Rising Contours in Standard Albanian
Enkeleida Kapia, Felicitas Kleber, Jonathan Harrington

Dutch Sentence Intonation Revisited
Philippe Martin

ToBI Representations in Intonational Phonology: Time for a (melodic) change?
Philippe Martin

How prosodic prominence influences fricative spectra in English
Jonathan Barnes, Alejna Brugos, Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, Nanette Veilleux

Lower Working Memory Capacity is Associated with Shorter Prosodic Phrases: Implications for Speech Production Planning
Jason Bishop, Darlene Intlekofer

The British English rising contour: an exception in read speech?
Sophie Herment, Anne Tortel, Laetitia Leonarduzzi

Intonational Phonology of Malagasy: Pitch Accents Demarcate Syntactic Constituents
Jake Aziz

The role of sonority profile and order of place of articulation on gestural overlap in Georgian
Caroline Crouch, Argyro Katsika, Ioana Chitoran

Effects of prosodic prominence on obstruent-intrinsic F0 and VOT in German
James Kirby, Felicitas Kleber, Jessica Siddins, Jonathan Harrington

Pitch accent and phrase boundaries: Kinematic evidence from Japanese
Karen Tsai, Argyro Katsika

Questioning Questions: The Illusion of Variation in African American English Polar Question Intonation
Tracy Conner

K-Max: a tool for estimating, analysing, and evaluating tonal targets
Antoin Rodgers

Syntax / Semantics / Pragmatics

The prosodic realization of rhetorical and information-questions in German spontaneous speech
Bettina Braun, Marieke Einfeldt, Gloria Esposito, Nicole Dehé

Prosody or syntax? The perception of focus by Mandarin speakers
Mengzhu Yan, Sasha Calhoun, Paul Warren

Syntax-prosody Interface in Perception of Right Dislocation in Mandarin
Jing Ji

The contribution of pitch accents and boundary tones to intonation meaning
Amalia Arvaniti, Mary Baltazani, Stella Gryllia

Tonal specification of speaker commitment in Salerno Italian wh-questions
Riccardo Orrico, Mariapaola D'Imperio

Perceptual Prominence of Accent Types and the Role of Expectations
Christine T. Röhr, Stefan Baumann, Petra B. Schumacher, Martine Grice

Verb-Second and Initial-Weak Prosody
Hisao Tokizaki

Wh-indeterminates and Prosody in Hong Kong Cantonese
Yu-Yin Hsu, Anqi Xu

The prosody of rhetorical and information-seeking questions in Estonian: preliminary results
Eva Liina Asu, Heete Sahkai, Pärtel Lippus

Influences of rhythm on word order in German
Isabelle Franz, Markus Bader, Frank Domahs, Gerrit Kentner

The prosodic marking of rhetorical questions in Standard Chinese
Katharina Zahner, Manluolan Xu, Yiya Chen, Nicole Dehé, Bettina Braun

Investigating relationships between intonational and syntactic phrasing in Ruruuli/Lunyala
Margaret Zellers, Saudah Namyalo, Alena Witzlack-Makarevich

Hat Contour in Dutch: Form and Function
Gouming Martens, Michael Wagner, Francisco Torreira

Statistical modeling of prosodic contours of four speech acts in Brazilian Portuguese
Luma Miranda, João Moraes, Albert Rilliard

Prosodic encoding of sarcasm at the sentence level in Dutch
Nelleke Jansen, Aoju Chen

The sound of quotation marks: Prosodic characteristics of subclausal quotation in English
Bethany Sturman

The High-fall Contour in North American English: A Case Study in Imperatives
Emma Gibson, Francisco Torreira, Michael Wagner

Acoustic-Prosodic and Articulatory Characteristics of the Mandarin Speech Conveying Dominance or Submissiveness
Puyang Geng, Wentao Gu, Keith Johnson, Donna Erickson

Durational and Pitch Marking of Rhetorical Wh-questions in Mandarin
Roger Yu-Hsiang Lo, Angelika Kiss

Speech rate and syntactically conditioned influences on prosodic boundaries
Seung-Eun Kim, Sam Tilsen

Prosody distinguishes Estonian V2 from Finnish and Swedish
Anders Holmberg, Heete Sahkai, Anne Tamm

L2 / Bilingual

The Effects of Explicit Rule and Acoustic-perceptual Instructions on Chinese ESL Learners’ Prosodic Acquisition of English Lexical Stress
Hsueh Chu Chen, Jingxuan Tian

Perception of English Intonation by Japanese Learners of English
Tomoko Hori, Michiko Toyama, Mari Akatsuka

Focus prosody in Japanese-English early bilinguals: A pilot study
Albert Lee, Yi Xu

Unintentional impolite intonation in L2 Spanish requests produced by Chinese workers living in Madrid
Cristina Herrero, Empar DevÍs

The Development of Prosodic Focus-marking and Declarative Question Intonation in Thai Learners’ Mandarin
Zenghui Liu, Shufen Liang, Lei Zeng

When does intonational transfer occur? A comparative study of interrogative rises in four groups of L2 Japanese learners
Aaron Albin, Ruilai Wang

On Rhythm, Prosodic Grouping, and Declination Pattern of Taiwan Mandarin Learners of English
Sally Chen, Janice Fon

Learning to Anticipate Contrast with Prosody: A Visual World Study with L2 Learners
Chie Nakamura, Jesse Harris, Sun-Ah Jun

Present state analysis and measurement of pronunciation training effectiveness in English acquisition: Relationships between production patterns and English proficiencies
Michiko Mochizuki Sudo, Takayuki Kagomiya, Tomoko Hori

Phonological and Phonetic Realization of Narrow Focus in Declarative Sentences by Jinan L2 English Learners
Aijun Li, Xinyuan Wan, Chenyang Zhao, Lin Zhu

The production of Estonian quantity degrees by Spanish L1 speakers
Katrin Leppik, Pärtel Lippus, Eva Liina Asu

On the Learnability of Nuclear and Prenuclear Accents ― Using Taiwan Mandarin Learners of English as an Example
Sherry Chien, Janice Fon

The production of French continuation contours at different prosodic boundaries by Japanese learners
Rachel Albar, Hiyon Yoo

Production of French final stressed syllables in Accentual Phrase by Chinese learners: A pilot study
Lei Xi, Sandrine Wachs, Rachid Ridouane

Effects of Japanese Prosody on English Word Production: Interaction between Voicing and Gemination
Kiyoko Yoneyama, Mafuyu Kitahara, Keiichi Tajima

Lexical Stress Assignment to Base, Inflected and Derived Words in English by Japanese and Seoul Korean Learners of English
Mariko Sugahara

Speech Synthesis / Prosody and Speech Technology

Analysis of speech prosody using WaveNet embeddings: The Lombard effect
Juraj Šimko, Martti Vainio, Antti Suni

Using Prosody to Spot Location Mentions
Gerardo Cervantes, Nigel Ward

Are you professional?: Analysis of prosodic features between a newscaster and amateur speakers through partial substitution by DNN-TTS
Takuya Ozuru, Yusuke Ijima, Daisuke Saito, Nobuaki Minematsu

Using the forward-backward divergence segmentation algorithm and a neural network to predict L2 speech fluency
Lionel Fontan, Maxime Le Coz, Charlotte Alazard

Probing the phonetic and phonological knowledge of tones in Mandarin TTS models
Jian Zhu

Introducing Prosodic Speaker Identity for a Better Expressive Speech Synthesis Control
Aghilas Sini, Sébastien Le Maguer, Damien Lolive, Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie

Prosodic Prominence and Boundaries in Sequence-to-Sequence Speech Synthesis
Antti Suni, Sofoklis Kakouros, Martti Vainio, Juraj Šimko

Modelling Intonation in Spectrograms for Neural Vocoder based Text-to-Speech
Vincent Wan, Jonathan Shen, Hanna Siilen, Rob Clark

Testing the GlórCáil System in a Speaker and Affect Voice Transformation Task
Andy Murphy, Irena Yanushevskaya, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Christer Gobl

Corpus design for expressive speech: impact of the utterance length
Meysam Shamsi, Jonathan Chevelu, Nelly Barbot, Damien Lolive

Physiological pitch range estimation from a brief speech input: A study on a bilingual parallel speech corpus
Wei Zhang, Yanlu Xie, Jinsong Zhang

Perception of prosodic variation for speech synthesis using an unsupervised discrete representation of F0
Zack Hodari, Catherine Lai, Simon King

How a Listener Influences the Speaker
Timo Baumann

DNN-based Speech Synthesis considering Dialogue-Act Information and its Evaluation with Respect to Illocutionary Act Naturalness
Nobukatsu Hojo, Yusuke Ijima, Hiroaki Sugiyama, Noboru Miyazaki, Takahito Kawanishi, Kunio Kashino

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Special session: Temporal Articulation as It Relates to Communicative Prosody

Special session: Acquisition of Interactive Emotional / Social Affective Prosody

Length Contrast in Segments

Heritage Speaker

Prosodic Structure



L1 Acquisition

Syntax / Semantics / Pragmatics

Perception / Word Recognition / Lexicon


Speech Rhythm and Timing

Prosody in Language and Music

Regional Dialect

Speaking Style and Paralinguistics


Conversation / Dialog / Disfluency

Prosody in Audiology and Phoniatrics

L2 / Bilingual

Speech Synthesis / Prosody and Speech Technology

Automatic Processing and Analysis