Hiroya Hashimoto

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Generation process model of fundamental frequency contours is ideal to represent global features of prosody. It is a command response model, where the commands have clear relations with linguistic and para/non linguistic information conveyed by the utterance. Therefore, by handling fundamental frequency contours in the framework of the generation process(More)
This paper introduces the first online and free framework for teaching and learning Japanese prosody including word accent and phrase intonation. This framework is called OJAD (Online Japanese Accent Dictionary) [1] and it provides three functions. 1) Visual, auditory, systematic, and comprehensive illustration of patterns of accent change (accent sandhi)(More)
Frame-by-frame representation is not appropriate for prosodic features, which are tightly related to speech units spreading a wide time span, such as words, phrases and so on. This causes an inherit problem in fundamental frequency (F<inf>0</inf>) contour generation by HMM-based speech synthesis. A method is developed to modify F<inf>0</inf> contours in the(More)
Through tight collaboration with teachers of Japanese, an online accent dictionary and a reading tutor are developed to support teaching and learning of Japanese prosody. In this development, techniques of natural language processing and spoken language processing are effectively applied. What makes teaching and learning of Japanese accent difficult is the(More)
SUMMARY This paper develops an online and freely available framework to aid teaching and learning the prosodic control of Tokyo Japanese: how to generate its adequate word accent and phrase intonation. This framework is called OJAD (Online Japanese Accent Dictionary) [1] and it provides three features. 1) Visual, auditory, systematic, and comprehensive(More)
We have developed the very first free online and free framework for teaching and learning Japanese prosody with features for word accent and phrase intonation. This framework is called OJAD (Online Japanese Accent Dictionary) [1], which provides three functions. 1) Visual, auditory, systematic, and comprehensive illustration of patterns of accent change(More)