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Speech Prosody: from Acoustics to Interpretation


  • Broad coverage of the whole field “from acoustics to interpretation”

  • Combination of linguistic and speech technology approaches

  • Hands-on approach with detailed descriptions of how to analyze prosody

  • Detailed descriptions of software for automatic analysis

Part of the book series: Prosody, Phonology and Phonetics (PRPHPH)

About this book

This book presents the author's personal overview of Speech Prosody, and in particular the different areas in which he has been especially interested over the last few decades. These include the acoustics of speech prosody, the relationship between lexical and non-lexical prosody, the phonology of prosody, the modeling of rhythm and of melody, and the central question of the various and at times quite mysterious ways in which prosody contributes to the interpretation of an utterance. All these aspects are then brought together in an account of the description of intonation systems, and how these differ across languages.


  • Analysis
  • Interpretation
  • Modelling
  • Representation
  • Speech prosody

Authors and Affiliations

  • CNRS Laboratoire Parole et Langage,, Aix-en-Provence, France

    Daniel Hirst

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