15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Production of Consonants with a Quasi-Articulatory Synthesizer

Kenneth N. Stevens, Helen M. Hanson

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

This paper describes a speech synthesizer, called HLsyn, that is controlled by articulatory parameters. A set of aerodynamic and acoustic parameters are calculated from mapping equations internal to the synthesizer, and the derived acoustic parameters are used to control the sources and filters for a Klatt formant synthesizer. An example showing the synthesis of an utterance containing a consonant cluster illustrates how the synthesis parameters for place of articulation and for glottal control are overlapped to produce a fluent output. The organization of rules controlling HLsyn from a phonological planning stage is described.

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Bibliographic reference.  Stevens, Kenneth N. / Hanson, Helen M. (2003): "Production of consonants with a quasi-articulatory synthesizer", In ICPhS-15, 199-202.