A free online accent and intonation dictionary for teachers and learners of Japanese

Hiroko Hirano, Ibuki Nakamura, Nobuaki Minematsu, Masayuki Suzuki, Chieko Nakagawa, Noriko Nakamura, Yukinori Tagawa, Keikichi Hirose, Hiroya Hashimoto

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We have developed the very first free online and free frame- work for teaching and learning Japanese prosody with features for word accent and phrase intonation. This framework is called OJAD (Online Japanese Accent Dictionary) [1], which provides three functions. 1) Visual, auditory, systematic, and compre- hensive illustration of patterns of accent change (accent sandhi) of verbs and adjectives. Here only the changes resulting from twelve kinds of fundamental conjugation are focused upon. 2) Visual illustration of the accent pattern of a given verbal expres- sion, which is a combination of a verb and its postpositional auxiliary words. 3) Visual illustration of the pitch pattern of an any given sentence and the expected positions of accent nu- clei in the sentence. The third function is implemented by us- ing an accent change prediction module that we developed for Japanese text-to-speech (TTS) synthesizers [2]. Subjective as- sessment by teachers shows very high pedagogical effectiveness of the framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1875-1876
Number of pages2
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Accent sandhi
  • Assessment experiment
  • Japanese prosody
  • Language education
  • OJAD
  • TTS synthesizer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Signal Processing
  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation


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