First European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Paris, France
September 27-29, 1989

Towards a Model Of Italian Intonation

C. Avesani

Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

This paper presents a model of Italian intonation included in a speech synthesis system developed at CSELT (Torino). The model is based on two theoretical assumptions. The first concerns the structure of the intonational system: following Pierrehumbert (1980) and Liberman & Pierrehumbert (1984), we think that intonation is the result of the interaction of principled choices in four different systems: phrasing, tune, pitch accent placement and pitch range. The second concerns the actual shape of F0 contours: we think is determined by categorical choices made from a small set of discrete phonological elements (Ladd, 1987).

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Bibliographic reference.  Avesani, C. (1989): "Towards a model of Italian intonation", In EUROSPEECH-1989, 1045.