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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Quasi-Syllabic and Quasi-Articulatory-Gestural Units for Concatenative Speech Synthesis

Parham Mokhtari (1), Nick Campbell (2)

(1) JST/CREST, Japan
(2) ATR-HIS, Japan

In this paper we propose methods of speech segmentation and unit characterization which are motivated by prosodic and physiological principles. In particular, we motivate and describe algorithms for unit-database creation on the basis of quasi-syllables and quasi-articulatory-gestures defined and parameterized purely by acoustic measurements. This approach is intended to overcome the burden of reliance on the phonetic code in concatenative speech synthesis.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mokhtari, Parham / Campbell, Nick (2003): "Quasi-syllabic and quasi-articulatory-gestural units for concatenative speech synthesis", In ICPhS-15, 2337-2340.