ISCA & IEEE Workshop on Spontaneous Speech Processing and Recognition

April 13-16, 2003
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Annotation Conventions and Corpus Design in the Investigation of Spontaneous Speech Prosody in Taiwanese

Shu-Hui Peng, Mary E. Beckman

National University of Kaohsiung (Taiwan) Ohio State University (USA)

Understanding how intonational phrasing and focal prominence interact with lexically specified tone patterns is one of several problems in the investigation of speech processing in Chinese languages that cannot be addressed fully with read speech alone. This paper explores such problems for Taiwanese, one of the major languages in the southern Min dialect group. It outlines what is known about Taiwanese prosody and describes prosodic annotation conventions currently under development. It illustrates the problems with examples from a corpus of spontaneous speech dialogues and read versions of sentences extracted from the dialogue transcripts.

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Bibliographic reference.  Peng, Shu-Hui / Beckman, Mary E. (2003): "Annotation conventions and corpus design in the investigation of spontaneous speech prosody in Taiwanese", in SSPR-2003, paper MAO1.