12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Biomechanical Tongue Models: An Approach to Studying Inter-Speaker Variability

Ralf Winkler (1), Susanne Fuchs (1), Pascal Perrier (2), Mark Tiede (3)

(1) ZAS, Germany
(2) GIPSA, France
(3) Haskins Labs, USA

Speakers of a given language vary with respect to their acoustics, articulation, and motor commands. This variation is driven by a variety of influences, such as emotional states, communicative interaction, and individual properties of the vocal tract. In this work we focus on the latter. First, we build speaker-specific biomechanical tongue models. Second, we discuss the impact of the relative position of the bending in the vocal tract on the basis of extensive simulations with two different models. We focus on /i,a,u/ by defining target regions in the acoustic space, and discuss the corresponding speaker-specific articulatory and motor command variability observed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Winkler, Ralf / Fuchs, Susanne / Perrier, Pascal / Tiede, Mark (2011): "Biomechanical tongue models: an approach to studying inter-speaker variability", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 273-276.