Accession Number:

AD0752811

Title:

Automatic Speech Processing.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Jun - 31 Aug 72,

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA UNIV SANTA BARBARA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-10-31

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

Performance standards for syllabic rate and utterance length in French are established for teaching, linguistic theory and voice-processing technology. Variations in these aspects of speech are studied as functions of a number of demographic, psychological, intellectual and phonetic background parameters. Syllabic rate is found to vary as a function of sex, age, occupation and certain intentions, while utterance length varies as a function of age, occupation, certain intentions, certain attitudes and loudness. Overall rate averages turn out to be strikingly consistent, most speakers showing about 344 syllmin. Finally, a positive correlation exists between utterance length and syllabic rate the longer the utterance, the faster the rate and vice versa. A hypothesis is suggested that these results reflect language universals. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Non-Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE