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

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

Analysis ond Synthesis of Interrogative Intonation in Arabic

S. Nasser Eldin (1), A. Rajouani (2)

(1) Equipe Signal et Image, ENSERB and GDR-ISIS, CNRS, Talence, France
(2) LEESA, Rabat, Morocco

This paper presents the results of an instrumental study of the intonation characteristics of interrogativity in standard Arabic. The objective is to finalize a model for the automatic processing of the intonative pattern in a TTS system. The approach is based on the perceptive description of the Arabic intonation by extracting the pertinent variation of the intonative curve using a suitable stylization. A suitable stylization aims to approach, in a perceptive level, the natural version by a curve consisting of simple intonative movements. It was hypothesized that there exists a correlation between the intonative structure and the syntactic structure; however the results obtained suggest that this assumption is very relative.

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Bibliographic reference.  Eldin, S. Nasser / Rajouani, A. (1999): "Analysis ond synthesis of interrogative intonation in Arabic", In ICPhS-14, 1509-1512.