The relative cueing power of F0 and duration in German prominence perception

Oliver Niebuhr, Jana Winkler

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Previous studies showed for German and other (West) Germanic
language, including English, that perceived syllable prominence
is primarily controlled by changes in duration and F0,
with the latter cue being more powerful than the former. Our
study is an initial approach to develop this prominence hierarchy
further by putting numbers on the interplay of duration
and F0. German listeners indirectly judged through lexical
identification the relative prominence levels of two neighboring
syllables. Results show that an increase in F0 of between
0.49 and 0.76 st is required to outweigh the prominence effect
of a 30% increase in duration of a neighboring syllable. These
numbers are fairly stable across a large range of absolute F0
and duration levels and hence useful in speech technology.
Original languageEnglish
Article number375
Book seriesProceedings of the International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
Pages (from-to)611-615
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInterspeech 2017 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 20. Aug 201724. Aug 2017


ConferenceInterspeech 2017


  • prominence
  • perception
  • F0
  • duration
  • German


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