Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2013)

Grenoble, France
August 30-September 1, 2013

OJAD: a Free Online Accent and Intonation Dictionary for Teachers and Learners of Japanese

Hiroko Hirano (1), Ibuki Nakamura (2), Nobuaki Minematsu (2), Masayuki Suzuki (2), Chieko Nakagawa (3), Noriko Nakamura (4), Yukinori Tagawa (3), Keikichi Hirose (2), Hiroya Hashimoto (2)

(1) Northeast Normal University, Jilin, China
(2) The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
(3) Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
(4) Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan

We developed the very first online and free framework for teaching and learning Japanese prosody including word accent and phrase intonation. This framework is called OJAD (Online Japanese Accent Dictionary), which provides three functions. Subjective assessment by teachers shows very high pedagogical effectiveness of the framework.

Index Terms: language education, Japanese prosody, accent sandhi, OJAD, TTS synthesizer, assessment experiment

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Bibliographic reference.  Hirano, Hiroko / Nakamura, Ibuki / Minematsu, Nobuaki / Suzuki, Masayuki / Nakagawa, Chieko / Nakamura, Noriko / Tagawa, Yukinori / Hirose, Keikichi / Hashimoto, Hiroya (2013): "OJAD: a free online accent and intonation dictionary for teachers and learners of Japanese", In SLaTE-2013, 94.