First International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 90)

Kobe, Japan
November 18-22, 1990

Manifestation of Linguistic and Para-Linguistic Information in the Voice Fundamental Frequency Contours of Spoken Japanese

Hiroya Fujisaki, Keikichi Hirose, Noboru Takahashi

Dept. of Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Prosodic features of spoken language play an important role in the transmission of linguistic information concerning word meaning, sentence structure and discourse structure but also in the transmission of para- and non-linguistic information such as speaker's intention/emotion, idiosyncrasy, and naturalness. In this paper, we first define the units of prosody of the spoken Japanese on the basis of analysis of voice fundamental frequency contours of a large number of spoken sentences, and then clarify the relationship between linguistic and para-linguistic information and the components of the F0 contour. While the phrase components convey mainly the syntactic information the accent components convey the information on accent type, syntactic structure, and discourse structure. Para-linguistic information is mainly conveyed by an additional accent component at the sentence end.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fujisaki, Hiroya / Hirose, Keikichi / Takahashi, Noboru (1990): "Manifestation of linguistic and para-linguistic information in the voice fundamental frequency contours of spoken Japanese", In ICSLP-1990, 485-488.