Word-level prosody in Sotho-Tswana

Sabine Zerbian,Etienne Barnard, Meraka Institute, CSIR

We introduce an algorithm to derive word-level tone assignments for the Sotho-Tswana languages. Prerequisite inputs are identified, and the steps to transform these inputs to tone assignments for each syllable are described. Manual implementation of the algorithm shows very good agreement with tone levels measured in a small Sotho-Tswana corpus.