n South African Computer Journal - Pitch modelling for the Nguni languages : reviewed article
|Article Title||Pitch modelling for the Nguni languages : reviewed article|
|© Publisher:||South African Computer Society (SAICSIT)|
|Journal||South African Computer Journal|
|Author||Natasha Govender, Etienne Barnard and Marelie Davel|
|Publication Date||Jun 2007|
|Pages||28 - 39|
|Keyword(s)||Autocorrelation, Classification, Fundamental frequency, Intensity, Intonation corpus, Intonation modelling, Nguni languages, Pitch tracking, Prosody and Tone|
Although the complexity of prosody is widely recognised, the lack of widely-accepted descriptive standards for prosodic phenomena has meant that prosodic systems for most of the languages of the world have, at best, been described in impressionistic rule-based terms. For the languages of Southern Africa, the deficiencies in our modelling capabilities are acute. Little work of a quantitative nature has been published for the languages of the Nguni family (such as isiZulu and isiXhosa), and there are significant contradictions and imprecisions in the literature on this topic, which partially stems from the lack of quantitative, measurement-driven analysis. This paper therefore embarks on a programme aimed at understanding the relationship between linguistic and physical variables of a prosodic nature in this family of languages.
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