Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

The Regular Accent in Chinese Sentences

Bo Zheng (1), Bei Wang (1), Yufang Yang (1), Shinan Lu (2), Jianfen Cao (2)

(1) Institute of Psychology, (2) The Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China

The regular focus accent is determined by the syntactic structure of a sentence. In general, the distribution of the regular focus accent is regular in simple sentences. Some linguists had proposed some rules on the distribution of regular focus accent, but no experimental test yet.

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.

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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.