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Predicting tonal realizations in one Chinese dialect from another

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Predicting tonal realizations in one Chinese dialect from another
Pronunciation dictionaries are usually expensive and time-consuming to prepare for the computational modeling of human languages, especially when the target language is under-resourced. Northern Chinese dialects are often under-resourced but used by a significant number of speakers. They share the basic sound inventories with Standard Chinese (SC). Also, their words usually share the segmental realizations and logographic written forms with the SC translation equivalents. Hence the pronunciation dictionaries of northern Chinese dialects could be easily available if we were able to predict the tonal realizations of the dialect words from the tonal information of their SC counterparts. This paper applies statistical modeling to investigate the tonal aspect of the related words between a northern dialect, i.e. Jinan Mandarin (JM), and Standard Chinese (SC). Multi-linear regression models were built with between-word pitch distance of JM words as the dependent variable and the following ...
Junru Wu, Yiya Chen, Vincent J. van Heuven, Niels
Added 10 Apr 2016
Updated 10 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Where SPEECH
Authors Junru Wu, Yiya Chen, Vincent J. van Heuven, Niels O. Schiller
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