Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Word-Level Prosody in Sotho-Tswana

Sabine Zerbian (1), Etienne Barnard (2)

(1) Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany
(2) Human Language Technologies Research Group, Meraka Institute, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa

We introduce an algorithm to derive word-level tone assignments for the Sotho-Tswana languages. Prerequisite inputs are identified, and the steps to transform these inputs to tone assignments for each syllable are described. Manual implementation of the algorithm shows very good agreement with tone levels measured in a small Sotho-Tswana corpus.

Index Terms: Sotho-Tswana prosody, tone rules

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Zerbian, Sabine / Barnard, tienne (2010): "Word-level prosody in Sotho-Tswana", In SP-2010, paper 861.