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Title: Computational models of prosody in the Nguni languages
Authors: Govender, N
Kuun, C
Zimu, V
Barnard, E
Davel, M
Keywords: Computational models
Nguni languages
Multilingual speech
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Citation: Govender, N, et al. 2006. Computational models of prosody in the Nguni languages. Multiling 2006: ISCA tutorial and research workshop on multilingual speech and language processing, Stellenbosch, April 2006, pp 6
Abstract: Two related issues were investigated in the computational modeling of Nguni prosody, based on annotated databases of isiZulu and isiXhosa speech. Firstly, authors show that a simple template can be used to describe the tonal characteristics of vowels and adjectives spoken in isolation, and that contextual effects have only a mild impact on this template. This analysis was based on a simple mapping between pitch and tone; in the second part of the paper, authors show that pitch and amplitude actually play comparable roles in producing tonal precepts
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/1156
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