4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

On the Syllable Structures of Chinese Relating to Speech Recognition

Jialu Zhang

Institute of Acoustics, Academia Sinica, Beijing, China

It is well known that Chinese is a tone language with multi-tone system, but the distinctive syllable structures relating to speech recognition have not brought to phoneticians' attention yet. The syllable structures, the phonotactic rules were discussed and the joint probability of the initials and the finals were given in this paper. A comparative study of the relative information transmitted by the place channel between Chinese and English shows that the syllable structrues of Chinese are advantage to increasing the place recognition rate and the syllable intelligibility. It was shown that perceiving a phoneme is based on a syllable in which it exits.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zhang, Jialu (1996): "On the syllable structures of Chinese relating to speech recognition", In ICSLP-1996, 2450-2453.