Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000)
To improve the naturalness of the TTS system, it is very important to prove the rules of focus distribution and apply them in TTS system.
The research verified rules of the distribution of the regular accent, and investigated the stressed degree to the different kinds of accents - regular accent and emphatic accent by using psycho-phonetic experiment. The results support all of the rules. The results show that the two kinds of accents are perceptually different in emphatic degree, and that the stressed degree of regular accent is situated between that of emphatic accent and that of non-accent. The acoustic cues of regular accent and emphatic accent are very similar.
Bibliographic reference. Zheng, Bo / Wang, Bei / Yang, Yufang / Lu, Shinan / Cao, Jianfen (2000): "The regular accent in Chinese sentences", In ICSLP-2000, vol.1, 86-89.