Automatic method of pause measurement for normal and dysarthric speech

Rosen, Kristin, Murdoch, Bruce, Folker, Joanne, Vogel, Adam, Cahill, Louise, Delatycki, Martin and Corben, Louise (2010) Automatic method of pause measurement for normal and dysarthric speech. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 24 2: 141-154. doi:10.3109/02699200903440983

Author Rosen, Kristin
Murdoch, Bruce
Folker, Joanne
Vogel, Adam
Cahill, Louise
Delatycki, Martin
Corben, Louise
Title Automatic method of pause measurement for normal and dysarthric speech
Journal name Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-9206
Publication date 2010-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/02699200903440983
Volume 24
Issue 2
Start page 141
End page 154
Total pages 14
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
920107 Hearing, Vision, Speech and Their Disorders
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
Formatted abstract
This study proposes an automatic method for the detection of pauses and identification of pause types in conversational speech for the purpose of measuring the effects of Friedreich's Ataxia (FRDA) on speech. Speech samples of ~ 3 minutes were recorded from 13 speakers with FRDA and 18 healthy controls. Pauses were measured from the intensity contour and fit with bimodal lognormal distributions using the Expectation-Maximization algorithm in Matlab©. In the speakers with FRDA, both modes in the pause distributions had significantly larger means, with disproportionately fewer pauses associated with the first mode. From this preliminary study, it is concluded that distributional analysis of pause duration holds promise as a useful method of measuring the effects of FRDA on functional speech.
© 2010 Informa UK Ltd.
Keyword Dysarthria
Acoustic measurement
Speaking rate
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
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