14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

Modelling Danish Sentence and Phrase Intonation

Niels Reinholt Petersen

Institute of General and Applied Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The work reported in the paper explores the possibility of formulating (parts of) a model for Danish intonation in mathematical terms. It is hypothesised that - if the prosodic phrasing is known - F0 of a stressed syllable can be described by a linear function with two independent variables, viz. its position in the sentence and in the prosodic phrase. Analysis of a material of read-aloud sentences shows the hypothesis to be tenable. Further analysis indicates that the mathematical model can be used for generating sentence and phrase intonation contours in a text-tospeech system.

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Bibliographic reference.  Petersen, Niels Reinholt (1999): "Modelling Danish sentence and phrase intonation", In ICPhS-14, 925-928.