Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

An Advanced Intonation Model for Synthesis

Mark Tatham (1), Eric Lewis (2), Katherine Morton (1)

(1) University of Essex, UK; (2) University of Bristol, UK

The advanced intonation model for speech synthesis described here has a three level architecture. An initial abstract characterisation designed to represent intonation at the level of cognitive percept is rewritten to an intermediate representation which is speaker independent, yet which accurately reflects physical pitch contours. At this stage the contours lack the variability associated with natural speech. This representation is then further rewritten to provide an actual physical contour (now including variability and other ‘natural’ phenomena such as micro-intonation). One or two examples are given for stages one and two, and some indication of how we tackle stage three.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tatham, Mark / Lewis, Eric / Morton, Katherine (1999): "An advanced intonation model for synthesis", In EUROSPEECH'99, 1871-1874.