Quantitative Target Approximation Model 1.0 (Prom-on, Xu & Thipakorn 2006)

Instructions:

Press the top "Simulate" button to display model-generated F0 curve and the underlying pitch targets.

Make changes in any of the editable boxes and then press "Simulate" again to see the effects

Upper Panel: Control parameters

Top row -- Categorical Parameters:

Tone: H = High; R = Rising; L = Low; F = Falling; N = Neutral (unstressed)

Duration: l = long; s = short; n = normal

Strength: s = strong; w = weak; n = normal

Lower rows -- Numerical values of the categorical parameters:

Target:
  Slope: in Hz/s, rising if > 0; falling if < 0; level if = 0.
  Height: in Hz

Duration: in second

Strength: larger value = greater strength

Initial pitch: Initial F0 of the sentence in Hz

Lower Panel: Pitch targets and surface F0 contours

x-axis: time (s); y-axis: F0 (Hz); Vertical lines: syllable boundaries; Thin grey lines: hypothetical underlying pitch targets; Blue curve: simulated surface F0.

Explanation:

Basic Assumption: Production of tone and intonation is a process of successively approaching syllabic pitch targets at varying pitch ranges with different levels of strength.

Syllabic pitch targets are specified by: y = b + a * x, where b is height and a is slope.

Duration specifies duration of each syllable, which is the temporal domain of a target.

Strength determines the amount of strength used to approach a pitch target. Greater strength leads to faster target approximation.

Pitch range specifies the range within which pitch targets are approximated (implemented in the current version only in primitives code).

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