Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology
(EUROSPEECH'99)

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

A System for Learning the Pronunciation of Japanese Pitch Accent

Goh Kawai, Carlos Toshinori Ishi

University of Tokyo, Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Tokyo, Japan

We propose a technique that associates the F0 of Japa-nese words with native-speaker perceptions of pitch ac-cents. Up till now, computer-aided prosody learning sys-tems that measure fundamental frequency (F0) have not mapped F0 values to perceptual thresholds of native speakers. Existing learning systems often instruct their students to fit F0 contours within a band designated by the system, but the band's boundaries do not to corre-spond to measures of acceptance by native speakers. Our method estimates intelligibility of pitch accent patterns based on perception experiments. Intelligibility scores motivate learners by guiding them towards meaningful goals.


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Bibliographic reference.  Kawai, Goh / Ishi, Carlos Toshinori (1999): "A system for learning the pronunciation of Japanese pitch accent", In EUROSPEECH'99, 177-182.