8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Jeju Island, Korea
October 4-8, 2004

Estimation of the Vocal Tract Spectrum from Articulatory Movements using Phoneme-dependent Neural Networks

Takuya Tsuji, Tokihiko Kaburagi, Kohei Wakamiya, Jiji Kim

Kyushu Institute of Design., Japan

This paper presents an estimation method of the vocal tract spectrum from articulatory movements. The method is based on the interpolation of spectra obtained by phoneme-dependent neural networks. Given the phonemic context and articulation timing corresponding to each phoneme, the proposed method first transforms articulator positions to phoneme-dependent spectra. Then the vocal tract spectrum is estimated by the interpolation of transformed spectra. This interpolation is based on the distance among the input articulator position and that of the preceding and succeeding phonemes. Also, a training procedure of the neural networks is presented while taking the spectral interpolation into account. Articulatory and acoustic data pairs collected by a simultaneous recording of articulator positions and speech were used as the training and test data. Finally, we showed an estimation result using the proposed method.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tsuji, Takuya / Kaburagi, Tokihiko / Wakamiya, Kohei / Kim, Jiji (2004): "Estimation of the vocal tract spectrum from articulatory movements using phoneme-dependent neural networks", In INTERSPEECH-2004, 517-520.