Integrating phrasing and intonation modelling using syntactic and morphosyntactic information

Francisco Campillo Díaz, Jan van Santen, Eduardo Rodríguez Banga

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This paper focuses on the relationship between intonation and syntactic and morphosyntactic information. Although intonation and syntax are both related to dependencies between the different parts of a sentence, and are therefore related to meaning, the precise influence of grammar on intonation is not clear. We describe a novel method that uses syntactic and part-of-speech features in the framework of corpus-based intonation modelling, and which integrates part of the phrasing algorithm in the unit selection stage. Subjective tests confirm an improvement in the quality of the resulting synthetic intonation: 75% of the sentences synthesised with the new intonation model were considered to be better or much better than the sentences synthesised using the old model, while only 7.5% of sentences were rated as worse or much worse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)452-465
Number of pages14
JournalSpeech Communication
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Corpus-based
  • Intonation modelling
  • POS
  • Phrasing
  • Syntax
  • Unit selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications


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