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) : Malecot,Andre

Report Date : 31 OCT 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 10

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 syll/min. 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)

Descriptors :   (*SPEECH, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS), PHONETICS, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), LINGUISTICS, SOCIOMETRICS, INTENSITY, EMOTIONS

Subject Categories : Non-radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE