8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Jeju Island, Korea
October 4-8, 2004

Study on Emotional Speech Features in Korean with Its Aplication to Voice Color Conversion

Sang-Jin Kim, Kwang-Ki Kim, Minsoo Hahn

Information and Communications Univ., Korea

Recent researches in speech synthesis are mainly focused on naturalness, and the emotional speech synthesis becomes one of the highlighted research topics. Although quite a many studies on emotional speech in English or Japanese have been addressed, the studies in Korean can seldom be found. This paper presents an analysis of emotional speech in Korean. Emotional speech features related to human speech prosody, such as F0, the duration, and the amplitude with their variations, are exploited. Their attribution to three different types of typical human speech is tried to be quantified and modeled. By utilizing the analysis results, emotional voice color conversion from the neutral speech to the emotional one is also performed and tested.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kim, Sang-Jin / Kim, Kwang-Ki / Hahn, Minsoo (2004): "Study on emotional speech features in Korean with its aplication to voice color conversion", In INTERSPEECH-2004, 1849-1852.