A Shadowing Experiment with Natural and Synthetic Stimuli

Iona Gessinger, Eran Raveh, Johannah O'Mahony, Ingmar Steiner, Bernd Möbius

In: Phonetik & Phonologie 12. Phonetik & Phonologie (P&P) October 12-14 München Germany 10/2016.


Inter-speaker accommodation is a phenomenon observed in human communication. Phonetic convergence is one way for a speaker to accommodate to an interlocutor. It is defined as an increase in segmental and suprasegmen- tal similarities between two speakers [1]. Phonetic con- vergence has been found for human-to-human interaction in both spontaneous, conversational speech [1, 2] and non-conversational speech occurring in experimental set- tings such as the shadowing task [3, 4]. Previous studies on convergence in human-to-human interaction looked at suprasegmental features such as f0 range [5] and speak- ing rate [6], as well as segmental features such as spectral properties of vowels [3] and voice onset time [7].

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence