15th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

September 14-18, 2014

Stress and Accent Transmission in HMM-Based Syllable-Context Very Low Bit Rate Speech Coding

Milos Cernak, Alexandros Lazaridis, Philip N. Garner, Petr Motlicek

Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland

In this paper, we propose a solution to reconstruct stress and accent contextual factors at the receiver of a very low bitrate speech codec built on recognition/synthesis architecture. In speech synthesis, accent and stress symbols are predicted from the text, which is not available at the receiver side of the speech codec. Therefore, speech signal-based symbols, generated as syllable-level log average F0 and energy acoustic measures, quantized using a scalar quantization, are used instead of accentual and stress symbols for HMM-based speech synthesis. Results from incremental real-time speech synthesis confirmed, that a combination of F0 and energy signal-based symbols can replace their counterparts of text-based binary accent and stress symbols developed for text-to-speech systems. The estimated transmission bit-rate overhead is about 14 bits/second per acoustic measure.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cernak, Milos / Lazaridis, Alexandros / Garner, Philip N. / Motlicek, Petr (2014): "Stress and accent transmission in HMM-based syllable-context very low bit rate speech coding", In INTERSPEECH-2014, 2799-2803.