Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Physiological Mechanisms for Fundamental Frequency Control in Standard Chinese

Hiroya Fujisaki (1), Ryou Tomana (1), Shuichi Narusawa (1), Sumio Ohno (2), Changfu Wang (3)

(1) Science University of Tokyo, Japan
(2) Tokyo University of Technology, Japan
(3) University of Science and Technology of China

This paper first presents the physiological and physical properties of the vocal fold and the laryngeal structure that support a model for the generation process of F0 contour with global components and positive local components. It then takes up Standard Chinese as an example of languages that use both positive and negative local components to express tones, and explains the mechanism involving extrinsic laryngeal muscles that is responsible for the generation of negative local components.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fujisaki, Hiroya / Tomana, Ryou / Narusawa, Shuichi / Ohno, Sumio / Wang, Changfu (2000): "Physiological mechanisms for fundamental frequency control in standard Chinese", In ICSLP-2000, vol.1, 9-12.