15th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

September 14-18, 2014

Speech Prosody Generation for Text-to-Speech Synthesis Based on Generative Model of F0 Contours

Kento Kadowaki, Tatsuma Ishihara, Nobukatsu Hojo, Hirokazu Kameoka

University of Tokyo, Japan

This paper deals with the problem of generating the fundamental frequency (F0) contour of speech from a text input for text-to-speech synthesis. We have previously introduced a statistical model describing the generating process of speech F0 contours, based on the discrete-time version of the Fujisaki model. One remarkable feature of this model is that it has allowed us to derive an efficient algorithm based on powerful statistical methods for estimating the Fujisaki-model parameters from raw F0 contours. To associate a sequence of the Fujisaki-model parameters with a text input based on statistical learning, this paper proposes extending this model to a context-dependent one. We further propose a parameter training algorithm for the present model based on a decision tree-based context clustering.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kadowaki, Kento / Ishihara, Tatsuma / Hojo, Nobukatsu / Kameoka, Hirokazu (2014): "Speech prosody generation for text-to-speech synthesis based on generative model of F0 contours", In INTERSPEECH-2014, 2322-2326.