Speech Prosody 2004

Nara, Japan
March 23-26, 2004

Tonal Contextual F0 Variations and Anchoring Based Discrimination

Jin-Song Zhang (1), Satoshi Nakamura (1), Keikichi Hirose (2)

(1) ATR Spoken Language Translation Research Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan
(2) Dept. of Frontier Informatics, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan

We investigated the problem of discrimination of some substantial tonal contextual F0 variations in Chinese continuous speech. We proposed that anchoring discrimination hypothesis might serve as an important cue for human beings to discriminate those tones. Experimental results from statistic distributional analyses and tone recognition experiments provided strong supports for this proposal.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Zhang, Jin-Song / Nakamura, Satoshi / Hirose, Keikichi (2004): "Tonal contextual F0 variations and anchoring based discrimination", In SP-2004, 525-528.