Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Synthesizing Prosody for Commands in a Xhosa TTS System

Philippa H. Louw (1), Justus. C. Roux (1), Elizabeth. C. Botha (2)

(1) Research Unit for Experimental Phonology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
(2) Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Xhosa is an African tone language spoken in South Africa. The relationship between the prosodic features duration, pitch and loudness of Xhosa commands was determined through acoustic analysis and perceptual experimentation. Combining the results of the acoustic analysis and the perceptual experiment proved to be an appropriate method of parameter extraction with which to formulate a prosodic model for the generation of perceptually acceptable imperatives in a practical Xhosa TTS system.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Louw, Philippa H. / Roux, Justus. C. / Botha, Elizabeth. C. (2000): "Synthesizing prosody for commands in a Xhosa TTS system", In ICSLP-2000, vol.3, 263-266.