Modelling Japanese intonation using PENTAtrainer2

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Abstract

This paper presents results from Japanese intonation modelling using PENTAtrainer2, an articulatory synthesiser. Our first aim is to show that PENTA, on which PENTAtrainer2 is based, can achieve high accuracy in predictive synthesis of varying intonation contours. We trained the synthesiser on a 6251-sentence functionally annotated corpus and generated F₀ contours for each communicative condition. The accuracy of speaker-dependent and independent synthesis, together with naturalness ratings, show that PENTA is effective in modelling Japanese intonation. This suggests that once contextual variability is incorporated into a model, multi-functional targets alone would suffice as the prosodic representation even in a sizeable corpus. Copyright © 2015 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Editors The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015
Place of PublicationGlasgow, UK
PublisherThe University of Glasgow
ISBN (Electronic)9780852619414
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Lee, A., & Xu, Y. (2015). Modelling Japanese intonation using PENTAtrainer2. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (Ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Retrieved from https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/icphs-proceedings/ICPhS2015/proceedings.html

Keywords

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  • Japanese
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