ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2010
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2010

Simulating intonation in regional varieties of Swedish

Susanne Schötz, Jonas Beskow, Gösta Bruce, Björn Granström, Joakim Gustafson

Within the research project SIMULEKT (Simulating Intonational Varieties of Swedish), our recent work includes two approaches to simulating intonation in regional varieties of Swedish. The first involves a method for modelling intonation using the SWING (SWedish INtonation Generator) tool, where annotated speech samples are resynthesised with rule-based intonation and audio-visually analysed with regards to the major intonational varieties of Swedish. The second approach concerns a method for simulating dialects with HMM synthesis, where speech is generated from emphasis-tagged text. We consider both approaches important in our aim to test and further develop the Swedish prosody model, as well as to convincingly simulate Swedish regional varieties using speech synthesis.

Index Terms: Swedish dialects, prosody, speech synthesis

Cite as: Schötz, S., Beskow, J., Bruce, G., Granström, B., Gustafson, J. (2010) Simulating intonation in regional varieties of Swedish. Proc. Speech Prosody 2010, paper 049

  author={Susanne Schötz and Jonas Beskow and Gösta Bruce and Björn Granström and Joakim Gustafson},
  title={{Simulating intonation in regional varieties of Swedish}},
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2010},
  pages={paper 049}