4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Intelligibility of Speech with Filtered Time Trajectories of Spectral Envelopes

Takayuki Arai, Misha Pavel, Hynek Hermansky, Carlos Avendano

Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology, Portland, OR, USA

The effect of filtering the time trajectories of spectral envelopes on speech intelligibility was investigated. Since LPC cepstrum forms the basis of many automatic speech recognition systems,we filtered time trajectories of LPC cepstrum of speech sounds, and the modified speech was reconstructed after the filtering. For processing, we applied low-pass, high-pass and band-pass filters. The results of the accuracy from the perceptual experiments for Japanese syllables show that speech intelligibility is not severely impaired as long as the filtered spectral components have 1) a rate of change faster than 1 Hz when high-pass filtered, 2) a rate of change slower than 24 Hz when low-pass filtered, and 3) a rate of change between 1 and 16 Hz when band-pass filtered.

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Bibliographic reference.  Arai, Takayuki / Pavel, Misha / Hermansky, Hynek / Avendano, Carlos (1996): "Intelligibility of speech with filtered time trajectories of spectral envelopes", In ICSLP-1996, 2490-2493.