Speech Prosody 2004

Nara, Japan
March 23-26, 2004

Automatic Generation of Prosody: Comparing Two Superpositional Systems

S. Raidt (1,3), Gérard Bailly (1), B. Holm (1), Hansjörg Mixdorff (2)

(1) Institut de la Communication Parlée Grenoble, France; (2) TFH Berlin University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany; (3) Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

We face many options when designing a system that automatically generates prosody from linguistic and paralinguistic information. The literature provides several candidate phonetic models, phonological models and mapping tools to actually implement the system. We detail here some dimensions along which these models have to be compared. We show also that systems employing quite similar phonetic models can still have radically different approaches. We present results of a first evaluation comparing two systems using a superpositional model of melody on a common multilingual prosodic database of spoken math formulae. We conclude that prosodic models and intonation theories could certainly benefit from well-defined tasks and fair benchmarks.

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Bibliographic reference.  Raidt, S. / Bailly, Gérard / Holm, B. / Mixdorff, Hansjörg (2004): "Automatic generation of prosody: comparing two superpositional systems", In SP-2004, 417-420.