Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Intonational Structure of Kumamoto Japanese: A Perceptual Validation

Kikuo Maekawa

The National Language Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan

A phonological model of intonation was proposed for Kumamoto accentless Japanese and the validity of the model was examined by means of perception experiment. Twenty intonation contours including both well-formed and ill-formed ones were synthesized from the original by means of LPC resynthesis. Naturalness judgments given by 19 native Kumamoto speakers indicated that well-formed contours were more natural than ill-formed ones.

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Bibliographic reference.  Maekawa, Kikuo (1994): "Intonational structure of kumamoto Japanese: a perceptual validation", In ICSLP-1994, 119-122.