The qTA Toolkit for Prosody: Learning Underlying Parameters of Communicative Functions through Modeling

Santitham Prom-on, Computer Engineering Department, King Mongkut`s University of Technology Thonburi
Yi Xu, Department of Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, University College London

This paper presents the qTA toolkit, a general-purpose research toolkit for studying speech prosody. The toolkit consists of analysis and visualization tools. The analysis tool processes F0 and timing data together with annotation of communicative functions to estimate function-specific underlying pitch targets and their function-specific adjustments. The visualization tool generates illustrations of the synthesized F0 contour and their pitch target input. As an initial test, the qTA toolkit is applied to a Mandarin corpus, and the results suggest that it can be effectively used for investigating prosody in terms of communicative functions.