First International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 90)

Kobe, Japan
November 18-22, 1990

Analysis and Modeling of Tonal Features in Polysyllabic Words and Sentences of the Standard Chinese

Hiroya Fujisaki, Keikichi Hirose, Pierre Halle, Haitao Lei

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

While the tonal characteristics of Chinese have been qualitatively described in traditional phonetics, a more quantitative analysis requires a mathematical model. We present such a model for the fundamental frequency contours of the Standard Chinese, based on an extension of a model that has already been proved to be applicable to Japanese. This model allows one to interpret a given F0 contour in terms of tone commands and phrase commands, and to analyze various tonal phenomena in quantitative terms. Based on the analysis of a number of words and short sentences using this model, several rules are derived to express various sandhi phenomena found in connected utterances.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fujisaki, Hiroya / Hirose, Keikichi / Halle, Pierre / Lei, Haitao (1990): "Analysis and modeling of tonal features in polysyllabic words and sentences of the standard Chinese", In ICSLP-1990, 841-844.