Syllable classification using static matrices and prosodic features

Bogdan Ludusan, Federico II University Naples
Antonio Origlia, Federico II University Naples
Francesco Cutugno, Federico II University Naples

In this paper we explore the usefulness of prosodic features for syllable classification. In order to do this, we represent the syllable as a static analysis unit such that its acoustic-temporal dynamics could be merged into a set of features that the SVM classifier will consider as a whole. In the first part of our experiment we used MFCC as features for classification, obtaining a maximum accuracy of 86.66\%. The second part of our study tests whether the prosodic information is complementary to the cepstral information for syllable classification. The results obtained show that combining the two types of information does improve the classification, but further analysis is necessary for a more successful combination of the two types of features.