14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999


Intonation Modelling in ProSynth: An Integrated Prosodic Approach to Speech Synthesis

Jill House, Jana Dankovičová, Mark Huckvale

University College London, UK

Intonation modelling in ProSynth involves mapping the defining characteristics of an F0 contour on to the constituents of a hierarchical prosodic structure, which constitutes our core linguistic representation. The paper describes the use of a labelled speech database exemplifying selected structures to create a template for a particular pitch pattern in a given context, and the observed systematic structural effects on the alignment and shape of that template. The research confirms the importance of structural domains in determining systematic variation in pitch accent realization. Implemented in XML, our structure integrates intonational, temporal and segmental information to determine coherent parameter values for synthesis.

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Bibliographic reference.  House, Jill / Dankovičová, Jana / Huckvale, Mark (1999): "Intonation modelling in ProSynth: an integrated prosodic approach to speech synthesis", In ICPhS-14, 2343-2346.