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Comparison of declarative and interrogative intonation in Chinese

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In most of the world's languages, one can transform a statement into a question by raising the pitch at the end. This transformation is dubious in tone languages, as it could transform one lexical item into another. * How does one ask question in a tone language? * Is there is a question phrase curve? * Is there a question boundary tone? We build and train models of Mandarin Chinese intonation to answer these question. The resulting models have RMS errors of 10 Hz, or 1 semitone. We find ...

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University of Pennsylvania
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Department of Linguistics
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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Beckman Institute
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University of Oxford
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Phonetics Laboratory
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Humanities Division - Linguistics & Phonetics - Phonetics
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uuid:23282776-364f-4916-8908-399c930dfd8f
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