Intonation: Theory, Models, and Applications

Athens, Greece
September 18-20, 1997


An F0 Generation Algorithm for the Greek Language

Christos Malliopoulos (1), George Carayannis (2)

(1) National Technical University of Athens, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Athens, Greece
(2) Institute for Language and Speech Processing, Athens, Greece

This paper describes a phonetic implementation model for Greek intonation, based on the results of a set of experiments, conducted m order to determine language specific characteristics of speech pitch. Analysis of experimental data showed some interesting systematic deviations of the pitch contours of Greek utterances compared to other non syllabic-rhythm languages. Moreover it was proven once more that for the synthesis of intonation, only a notional centroid of the distribution of the acoustic patterns associated with pitch accents and boundary tones is required [8] and that in pitch perception there are at least two factors of equal importance, namely the relative high and the alignment of tones over the syllables they accent.

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Bibliographic reference.  Malliopoulos, Christos / Carayannis, George (1997): "An F0 generation algorithm for the greek language", In INT-1997, 219-222.