Re: No evidence of notes in raw speech F0 (Martin Braun )

Subject: Re: No evidence of notes in raw speech F0
From:    Martin Braun  <nombraun(at)POST.NETLINK.SE>
Date:    Thu, 10 May 2001 14:19:11 +0200

Thanks, Alain. Could you perhaps add in a further message what you meant by "raw speech F0" and "raw F0 contours". At what points in a sentence did you extract f0 ? Martin ----- Original Message ----- From: Alain de Cheveigne' <> To: <AUDITORY(at)LISTS.MCGILL.CA> Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2001 12:51 PM Subject: No evidence of notes in raw speech F0 > Martin Braun wrote: > >In the pitch material of 2,400 sentences of Dutch I found a significant > >influence of our musical frequencies (based on A4=440 Hz). The > >results prove that musical pitch is stored in the memory of nonmusicians, > >just by hearing music, and then influences speech production. > > I happen to be working with several databases of speech recorded with a > laryngograph signal (which allows accurate F0 to be estimated). Together > they contain 1.75 hours of speech of which half is voiced, pronunced by 38 > speakers (19 male, 19 female) of Japanese (30), English (4) and French (4). > The data have been carefully labeled with an accurate period estimation > method with sub-sample resolution, and the estimates checked visually. > > A histogram of F0 values with 1/4 semitone bins shows no obvious structure > related to the musical scale. A 4-bin histogram of values modulo one > semitone is essentially flat. The remarkable statistics of "hand-marked > end- and turning points of the contour" are apparently not reflected in raw > F0 contours. > > Alain > > -------------------------------------------------------------- > Alain de Cheveigne' > CNRS/IRCAM, 1 place Stravinsky, 75004, Paris. > phone: +33 1 44784846, fax: 44781540, email: cheveign(at) > > --------------------------------------------------------------

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