Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

Towards the Mo Piu Tonal System: First Results on an Undocumented South-Asian Language

Geneviève Caelen-Haumont

MICA Institute, HUST - CNRS/UMI 2954 - Grenoble INP, France, and
Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam

This paper presents the first results on the Mo Piu tonal system. This language is undocumented, unwritten and moreover in great danger. As the tasks of labeling phonetics and tones is hard to carry out when references on the language are lacking, this paper aims at presenting our method to try to build reliable data in order to understand the tonal system, and the main findings concerning the Mo Piu tonal system and finally at leading a comparison between these first results and the White Hmong tonal system.

Index Terms: undocumented language, tonal system, isolated words, automatic tones labeling.

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Bibliographic reference.  Caelen-Haumont, Geneviève (2012): "Towards the Mo Piu tonal system: first results on an undocumented south-asian language", In SP-2012, 119-122.