5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

A Synthesis-Oriented Model Of Phrasal Pitch Movements In Standard Chinese

Jinfu Ni, Goh Kawai, Keikichi Hirose

University of Tokyo, Japan

This paper proposes a computable, tone-driven method to model phrasal pitch movements in standard Chinese by (1) formulating physical constraints for phonetic control mechanisms, (2) defining four phrasal tones quantified by model parameters for generating phrasal tunes, and (3) forming phrasal pitch movements by mapping lexical tones onto phrasal tunes. Several experiments confirm the method's validity. The proposed method is an effective component technology for analyzing, synthesizing and understanding spoken Chinese intonation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ni, Jinfu / Kawai, Goh / Hirose, Keikichi (1998): "A synthesis-oriented model of phrasal pitch movements in standard Chinese", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0750.