8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Geneva, Switzerland
September 1-4, 2003


Emotion Control of Chinese Speech Synthesis in Natural Environment

Jianhua Tao

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Emotional speech analysis was normally conducted from the viewpoint of prosody and articulation features. But for emotional speech synthesis system, two issues appear most important: (1) how to realize the acoustic features among various emotion states? (2) how to convey the emotion with the combination of text analysis and environment detection. To answer the two questions, both acoustic features and emotion focus were analyzed in the paper. Due to the different background and culture, even the same emotion has different meaning for different people in certain contexts. The paper also tries to explain if there are special characters in Chinese emotion expression. Finally, the emotion controlling model is described in the paper, some rules are listed in a table. Environment influence was also classified and integrated into the system. At the end of paper, the emotion synthesis results were evaluated and compared to other previous works.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tao, Jianhua (2003): "Emotion control of Chinese speech synthesis in natural environment", In EUROSPEECH-2003, 2349-2352.