An investigation of prosody in Hindi narrative speech

Preethi Jyothi, Jennifer Cole, Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, Vandana Puri

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This paper investigates how prosodic elements such as prominences and prosodic boundaries in Hindi are perceived. We approach this using data from three sources: (i) native speakers of Hindi without any linguistic expertise (ii) a linguistically trained expert in Hindi prosody and finally, (iii) classifiers trained on English for automatic prominence and boundary detection. We use speech from a corpus of Hindi narrative speech for our experiments. Our results indicate that non-expert transcribers do not have a consistent notion of prosodic prominences. However, they show considerable agreement regarding the placement of prosodic boundaries. Also, relative to the nonexpert transcribers, there is higher agreement between the expert transcriber and the automatically derived labels for prominence (and prosodic boundaries); this suggests the possibility of using classifiers for the automatic prediction of these prosodic events in Hindi.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-627
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody
StatePublished - 2014
Event7th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2014 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: May 20 2014May 23 2014


  • Automatic labeling of prosodic events in Hindi
  • Hindi prosody
  • Perception study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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