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Modelling Japanese intonation using PENTAtrainer2

Lee, A; Xu, Y; (2015) Modelling Japanese intonation using PENTAtrainer2. In: Wolters, M and Livingstone, J and Beattie, B and Smith, R, (eds.) Proceedings of 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. International Phonetic Association: Glasgow, UK. Green open access

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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.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Modelling Japanese intonation using PENTAtrainer2
Event: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland, 10-14 August, 2015
Location: Glasgow
ISBN-13: 9780852619414
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/i...
Language: English
Additional information: The Proceedings of ICPhS 2015 are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). This means that the work must be attributed to the author (BY clause), no one can use the work commercially (NC clause), and the work cannot be modified by anyone who re-uses it (ND clause).
Keywords: Focus, Japanese, sentence type.
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536167
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