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Computational modelling of double focus in American English

Liu, F; Prom-on, S; Xu, Y; Whalen, DH; (2015) Computational modelling of double focus in American English. In: Proceedings of 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. International Phonetic Association: Glasgow, United Kingdom. Green open access

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Abstract

This study investigated how double focus in English statements and questions can be computationally modelled. PENTAtrainer2 was used to learn syllable-sized multi-functional targets from a corpus of 1960 English utterances, with controlled variations in lexical stress, focus, modality, and sentence length. The results showed that the learned targets could generate F0 contours close to the original. In particular, the asymmetry in the interaction between focus and modality was effectively simulated.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Computational modelling of double focus in American English
Event: The 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Location: Glasgow
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/i...
Language: English
Additional information: This proceeding is posted 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, modality, English, pitch target, PENTAtrainer.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
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/1536168
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