EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Automated Modeling of Chinese Intonation in Continuous Speech

Greg Kochanski, Chilin Shih

Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, USA

We built and trained a model of intonation in continuous Mandarin speech based on the Stem-ML model of interacting accents. With this model, we found that we can accurately reproduce the intonation of the speaker using only one accent template for each lexical tone category. The resulting parameters are interpretable, and we find that the fitted model is consistent with linguistic expectations. Stem-ML is a phenomenological model of the muscle dynamics and planning process that controls the tension of the vocal folds. It describes the interactions between nearby tones or accents.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kochanski, Greg / Shih, Chilin (2001): "Automated modeling of Chinese intonation in continuous speech", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 911-914.