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Tone confusion in spoken and whispered Mandarin Chinese

McLoughlin, Ian Vince and Xu, Yan and Song, Yan (2014) Tone confusion in spoken and whispered Mandarin Chinese. In: The 9th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing. IEEE, pp. 313-316. E-ISBN 978-1-4799-4219-0. (doi:10.1109/ISCSLP.2014.6936708) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Mandarin Chinese relies heavily upon the presence of a lexical tone to distinguish between otherwise homophonic words. In normal speech, lexical tone is conveyed primarily by means of a pitch contour which is imparted through control of the geometry and tautness of the glottis. Because of this importance, the relationship between pitch and Chinese tone, and its role in speech communications has been studied, and is relatively well understood. However the situation is different for whispered Chinese speech, in which the glottis remains open and is thus unable to influence pitch directly. For whispers, fundamental pitch is absent and can thus not be used to convey lexical tone. Does this then mean that the lexical tone of whispered Chinese is unintelligible? This paper reports the results of several experiments which have been conducted in order to investigate whispered Mandarin Chinese words in context-free carrier sentences.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/ISCSLP.2014.6936708
Uncontrolled keywords: Accuracy, Chinese, Context, Educational institutions, Mandarin, Noise measurement, Pitch, Signal to noise ratio, Speech, Testing, Tone, Whisper, context-free carrier sentences, lexical tone, natural languages, pitch contour, speech communications, speech intelligibility, speech processing, spoken Mandarin Chinese, tone confusion, unintelligibility, whispered Mandarin Chinese
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Ian McLoughlin
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2015 08:47 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 11:30 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/48876 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
McLoughlin, Ian Vince: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7111-2008
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