ISCA Archive Interspeech 2007
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2007

Inter-language prosodic style modification experiment using word impression vector for communicative speech generation

Ke Li, Yoko Greenberg, Yoshinori Sagisaka

To confirm the language independency of a communicative prosody generation from input word impression vector, we synthesized communicative Mandarin speech using prosodic characteristics of communicative Japanese speech. The fundamental frequency and duration characteristics of one-word "n" utterances of Japanese were copied to Mandarin through input word attributes. From the subjective impressions of an input word, a three-dimensional vector was calculated through Multi-Dimensional Scaling analysis. Three dimensions reflecting impressions of confident-doubtful, allowable-unacceptable and positive-negative correspond to systematic prosodic variations; F0 height, F0 dynamics and duration. Subjective evaluation of synthesized speech showed the possibility of communicative prosody generation from input word impression vector language independently.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2007-233

Cite as: Li, K., Greenberg, Y., Sagisaka, Y. (2007) Inter-language prosodic style modification experiment using word impression vector for communicative speech generation. Proc. Interspeech 2007, 1294-1297, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2007-233

@inproceedings{li07d_interspeech,
  author={Ke Li and Yoko Greenberg and Yoshinori Sagisaka},
  title={{Inter-language prosodic style modification experiment using word impression vector for communicative speech generation}},
  year=2007,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2007},
  pages={1294--1297},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2007-233}
}