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

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

The Design of Prosodically Oriented Mandarin Speech Database

Fu-chiang Chou, Chiu-yu Tseng

Institute of Linguistics (Preparatory Office), Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

While most of the current speech databases are designed based on the phonetically balance or phonetically rich principles, we proposed to design a prosodically oriented speech database for Mandarin. Based on the assumption that the intonation is determined by the sentence types, and the prosodic structure is closely related to the syntactic structure and patterns, we make our focus on the coverage of sentence types and phrasal syntactic patters. This paper describes the methodology for the design and collection of such a prosodically oriented speech database for Mandarin Chinese. There are 1600 short paragraphs selected to cover the three major sentence types, namely, interrogative, exclamatory, and declarative. The selected text scripts were recorded by six speakers and the recorded databases are served as the experimental environments for the research on Mandarin prosody.

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Bibliographic reference.  Chou, Fu-chiang / Tseng, Chiu-yu (1999): "The design of prosodically oriented Mandarin speech database", In ICPhS-14, 2375-2377.