Fourth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Madrid, Spain
September 18-21, 1995

Analysis and Modeling of Fundamental Frequency Contours of English Utterances

Hiroya Fujisaki, Sumio Ohno

Department of Applied Electronics, Science University of Tokyo, Yamazaki, Noda, Japan

Following a review of various approaches to the modeling of F0 contours and a brief description of the authors' model that has been successfully applied to the analysis of F0 contours of Japanese and several other languages, an experiment is described on the application of the model to the analysis of F0 contours of a corpus of 200 English declarative sentences uttered by four native speakers of British English. The results confirmed the model's applicability to British English, at least as far as the present material is concerned, but revealed a considerable amount of individual differences in the patterns of phrasing and accentuation. The implication of the results on the relationship of prosody and syntax is also discussed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fujisaki, Hiroya / Ohno, Sumio (1995): "Analysis and modeling of fundamental frequency contours of English utterances", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 985-988.