5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

A Robust Tone Recognition Method of Chinese Based on Sub-syllabic F0 Contours

Jin-song Zhang, Keikichi Hirose

University of Tokyo, Japan

This paper proposes a scheme of using F0 contours of vowel nuclei to discriminate Chinese lexical tones. The authors suggest that the F0 contour fragment of a vowel nucleus of a syllable contributes most to tone perception of the syllable. To correlate the F0 contour with the phonemic components of a syllable, a tone-based syllabic structure is also proposed. Tone recognition experiments on a speaker independent dissyllable words task proved the effectiveness of the proposed method. Better performance over approaches observing full syllabic F0 contours indicates that the proposed method is a more robust tone recognition method.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zhang, Jin-song / Hirose, Keikichi (1998): "A robust tone recognition method of Chinese based on sub-syllabic F0 contours", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0674.