Dialect Identification of Spoken North Sámi Language Varieties Using Prosodic Features

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This work explores the application of various supervised classification approaches using prosodic information for the identification of spoken North Sámi language varieties. Dialects are language varieties that enclose characteristics specific for a given region or community. These characteristics reflect segmental and suprasegmental (prosodic) differences but also high-level properties such as lexical and morphosyntactic. One aspect that is of particular interest and that has not been studied extensively is how the differences in prosody may underpin the potential differences among different dialects. To address this, this work focuses on investigating the standard acoustic prosodic features of energy, fundamental frequency, spectral tilt, duration, and their combinations, using sequential and context-independent supervised classification methods, and evaluated separately over two different units in speech: words and syllables. The primary aim of this work is to gain a better understanding on the role of prosody in identifying among the different language varieties. Our results show that prosodic information holds an important role in distinguishing between the five areal varieties of North Sámi where the inclusion of contextual information for all acoustic prosodic features is critical for the identification of dialects for words and syllables.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020 : Communicative and Interactive Prosody
Number of pages5
Place of PublicationBaixas
Publication date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventThe 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody: Communicative and Interactive Prosody - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 25 May 202028 May 2020
Conference number: 10

Publication series

NameSpeech prosody
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
ISSN (Electronic)2333-2042

Fields of Science

  • 6161 Phonetics
  • 6121 Languages

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