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Prosodic Realization of Rhetorical Structure in Chinese Discourse
Yang, Xiaohong1,2; Yang, Yufang1; Yang, XH (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China.
2012-05-01
Source PublicationIEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUDIO SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROCESSING
ISSN1558-7916
SubtypeArticle
Volume20Issue:4Pages:1196-1206
Contribution Rank1
AbstractThe research reported in this paper is an acoustic experiment attempting to elucidate the relationship between prosodic variation and rhetorical structure in discourse. Based on Rhetorical Structure Theory, facets of discourse structure such as hierarchy, relation, and the relative importance of discourse segment were identified. Five speakers of standard Chinese were recorded reading ten paragraphs with two repetitions. Boundary pause duration, f0 max, f0 min, and pitch range of the segments were measured. It was found that speakers realized longer pauses at boundaries of higher hierarchy. Furthermore, compared with segments linked by nucleus-satellite relation, segments linked by multinuclear relation were found to have wider pre-boundary pitch range. Additionally, important segments were found to be articulated with wider pitch range than unimportant segments. These results suggest that rhetorical structure is reliably conveyed by prosodic parameters in standard Chinese.
KeywordSpeech analysis speech processing
Subject AreaPsycholinguistics
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China [60775026]
Project Intro.Manuscript received September 18, 2010; revised April 28, 2011, September 05, 2011, and September 14, 2011; accepted October 16, 2011. Date of publication November 21, 2011; date of current version February 17, 2012. This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (60775026). The associate editor coordinating the review of this manuscript and approving it for publication was Prof. Keiichi Tokuda.
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Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/12903
Collection认知与发展心理学研究室
Corresponding AuthorYang, XH (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China.
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Grad Univ, Beijing 100409, Peoples R China
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Yang, Xiaohong,Yang, Yufang,Yang, XH . Prosodic Realization of Rhetorical Structure in Chinese Discourse[J]. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUDIO SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROCESSING,2012,20(4):1196-1206.
APA Yang, Xiaohong,Yang, Yufang,&Yang, XH .(2012).Prosodic Realization of Rhetorical Structure in Chinese Discourse.IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUDIO SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROCESSING,20(4),1196-1206.
MLA Yang, Xiaohong,et al."Prosodic Realization of Rhetorical Structure in Chinese Discourse".IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUDIO SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROCESSING 20.4(2012):1196-1206.
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