Second ESCA/IEEE Workshop on Speech Synthesis

September 12-15, 1994
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY, USA

A framework for Synthesis of Segments based on Articulatory Parameters

Corine A. Bickley, Kenneth N. Stevens, David R. Williams

Sensimetrics Corporation, Cambridge, MA, USA

Procedures are described for rule-based synthesis of segmental aspects of an utterance using a formant synthesizer controlled by higher-level (HL) parameters. The rules for segmental synthesis are described in terms of: (1) the formation and release of a consonantal constriction; (2) the actions of the secondary articulators of the glottis, the velopharyngeal opening, active pharyngeal expansion or contraction, and consonant- induced changes in fundamental frequency; and (3) rules specifying formant parameters related to tongue-body movements and lip rounding. Several examples of synthesis based on this production model are given.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bickley, Corine A. / Stevens, Kenneth N. / Williams, David R. (1994): "A framework for synthesis of segments based on articulatory parameters", In SSW2-1994, 13-16.