2nd Workshop on Spoken Language Technologies for Under-Resourced Languages
Universiti Sains, Penang, Malaysia
This paper is a first contribution about the Mo Piu language and culture. This ethnic minority is settled in the mountains of the North Vietnam. This culture being not documented at all at the international level, its language is said 'under-resourced' in the point of view of the automatic processing.
After a cultural, social and economical presentation of this minority, the paper focusses on the results of the first field ground undertaken in june 2009, and especially on the data basis, and the first experiments on the Mo Piu speech (method and preliminary results). The study in progression is concerning the domain of human recognition of melodic segments in order to try to find out 1° if this language is tonal or not 2° and if so, what are the tonal units.
Index Terms: Mo Piu, ethnic groups, under-resourced language, endangered language, data basis, prosody, tonal units.
Bibliographic reference. Caelen-Haumont, Geneviève / Cortial, Brigitte / Culas, Christian / Doi, Tran Tri / Hong, Thom Dinh / Thi, Xuyen Lê / Luong, Hung Phan / Ngoc, Thanh Nguyen / Pannier, Emmanuel / Roux, Vanessa / Salmon, Jean-Pierre / Vittrant, Alice / Vuong, Hoang Thi / Song, Ly A (2010): "Mo Piu minority language: data base, first steps and first experiments", In SLTU-2010, 42-50.