Generation and perception of F0 markedness in conversational speech with adverbs expressing degrees

Takumi Yamashita, Yoshinori Sagisaka

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    Abstract

    Aiming at natural F0 control for conversational speech synthesis, F0 characteristics are analyzed from both generation and perception viewpoints. By systematically designing conversational situations and utterances with adverb phrases expressing different degree of markedness, their F0 characteristics are compared. The comparison shows the consistent F0 control dependencies not only on adverbs themselves but also on the attribute of neighboring adjective phrases. Strong positive/negative correlation is observed between the markedness of adverbs and F0 height when an adjective phrase with a positive/negative image is followed to the current adverb phrase. These consistencies have been perceptually confirmed by naturalness evaluation tests using the same two-phrase samples with different F0 heights. These results indicate the possibility of F0 control for natural conversational speech using lexical markdness information and adjacent word attributes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEUROSPEECH 2003 - 8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology
    PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
    Pages173-176
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    Event8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, EUROSPEECH 2003 - Geneva, Switzerland
    Duration: 2003 Sep 12003 Sep 4

    Other

    Other8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, EUROSPEECH 2003
    CountrySwitzerland
    CityGeneva
    Period03/9/103/9/4

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications
    • Software
    • Linguistics and Language
    • Communication

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    Yamashita, T., & Sagisaka, Y. (2003). Generation and perception of F0 markedness in conversational speech with adverbs expressing degrees. In EUROSPEECH 2003 - 8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (pp. 173-176). International Speech Communication Association.

    Generation and perception of F0 markedness in conversational speech with adverbs expressing degrees. / Yamashita, Takumi; Sagisaka, Yoshinori.

    EUROSPEECH 2003 - 8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology. International Speech Communication Association, 2003. p. 173-176.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Yamashita, T & Sagisaka, Y 2003, Generation and perception of F0 markedness in conversational speech with adverbs expressing degrees. in EUROSPEECH 2003 - 8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology. International Speech Communication Association, pp. 173-176, 8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, EUROSPEECH 2003, Geneva, Switzerland, 03/9/1.
    Yamashita T, Sagisaka Y. Generation and perception of F0 markedness in conversational speech with adverbs expressing degrees. In EUROSPEECH 2003 - 8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology. International Speech Communication Association. 2003. p. 173-176
    Yamashita, Takumi ; Sagisaka, Yoshinori. / Generation and perception of F0 markedness in conversational speech with adverbs expressing degrees. EUROSPEECH 2003 - 8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology. International Speech Communication Association, 2003. pp. 173-176
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