The 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages

Nijmegen, The Netherlands
May 13-16, 2014

Modeling Japanese F0 Contours using the PENTAtrainers and AMtrainer

Albert Lee (1), Yi Xu (1), Santitham Prom-on (2)

(1) Dept. of Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, University College London, UK
(2) Dept. of Computer Engineering, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand

This study is a user report on modeling and predicting the F0 contour of Japanese utterances with PENTA Model and AM Theory. Through a 2640-word corpus of Japanese, the two models were compared using two versions of PENTAtrainer, as well as newly developed AMtrainer, respectively. The respective modelling and synthesis accuracies of different models are discussed with reference to the type of input they require. The satisfactory results achieved by these tools demonstrate their potential in offering a fair and direct comparison between the two models. We call for more collaborative effort in comparative modeling to achieve this goal.

Index Terms: AM Theory, PENTA Model, Pitch accent

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Lee, Albert / Xu, Yi / Prom-on, Santitham (2014): "Modeling Japanese F0 contours using the PENTAtrainers and AMtrainer", In TAL-2014, 164-167.