9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

Features for Automatic Detection of Voice Bars in Continuous Speech

N. Dhananjaya (1), S. Rajendran (2), B. Yegnanarayana (2)

(1) IIT Madras, India; (2) IIIT Hyderabad, India

In this paper we propose features for automatic detection of voice bar, which is an essential component of voiced stop consonants, in continuous speech. The acoustic-phonetic and production based knowledge such as, the presence of voicing, low strength of excitation compared to other voiced phones and a predominant low-frequency spectral energy, are mapped onto a set of acoustic features that can be automatically extracted from the signal. The usefulness of the proposed features in the detection of voice bars is studied using a knowledge-based as well as a neural network based approach. The performance of the proposed features and approaches is studied on phones from databases of two languages, namely English and Hindi.

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Bibliographic reference.  Dhananjaya, N. / Rajendran, S. / Yegnanarayana, B. (2008): "Features for automatic detection of voice bars in continuous speech", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 1321-1324.