10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Advanced Unsupervised Joint Prosody Labeling and Modeling for Mandarin Speech and its Application to Prosody Generation for TTS

Chen-Yu Chiang, Sin-Horng Chen, Yih-Ru Wang

National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Motivated by the success of the unsupervised joint prosody labeling and modeling (UJPLM) method for Mandarin speech on modeling of syllable pitch contour in our previous study, in this paper, the advanced UJPLM (A-UJPLM) method is proposed based on UJPLM to jointly label prosodic tags and model syllable pitch contour, duration and energy level. Experimental results on the Sinica Treebank corpus showed that most prosodic tags labeled were linguistically meaningful and the model parameters estimated were interpretable and generally agreed with other previous study. In virtue of the functions given by the model parameters, an application of A-UJPLM to the prosody generation for Mandarin TTS is proposed. Experimental results showed that the proposed method performed well. Most predicted prosodic features matched well to their original counterparts. This also reconfirmed the effectiveness of the A-UJPLM method.

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Bibliographic reference.  Chiang, Chen-Yu / Chen, Sin-Horng / Wang, Yih-Ru (2009): "Advanced unsupervised joint prosody labeling and modeling for Mandarin speech and its application to prosody generation for TTS", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 504-507.