ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000
ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000

A constraint-based analysis of compound accent in Japanese

Haruo Kubozono

This paper describes the accentuation of compound nouns in Tokyo Japanese in the framework of Optimality Theory (Prince & Smolensky 1993). This new theory assumes that output forms of language production are determined by the interaction of language-universal constraints that are ranked in a particular way for a particular grammar. In this respect it differs from previous phonological theories which held that optimal outputs are produced by (mostly language-specific) rules that apply to input structures in a derivational, i.e. step-by-step, fashion. The ultimate goal of this paper is to demonstrate that the new constraint-based approach provides a simple description of the seemingly complex system of compound noun accentuation in (Tokyo) Japanese which cannot be captured by the traditional rule-based derivational approach.


Cite as: Kubozono, H. (2000) A constraint-based analysis of compound accent in Japanese. Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000), vol. 3, 438-441

@inproceedings{kubozono00_icslp,
  author={Haruo Kubozono},
  title={{A constraint-based analysis of compound accent in Japanese}},
  year=2000,
  booktitle={Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000)},
  pages={vol. 3, 438-441}
}