First European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Paris, France
September 27-29, 1989

A Time-Domain Articulatory Speech Synthesiser

F. J. Owens, G. T. H. Wright, N. W. Ramsey

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Ulster

This paper describes a new time-domain articulatory speech synthesis model. The system consists of a model of the speech articulators, a time-domain simulation of a lossy acoustic tube model of the vocal tract and a two-mass model of the vocal cords. The vocal tract area function is expressed as a transformation of ten articulatory variables which provide a two-dimensional geometrical description of the vocal tract in the mid-sagittal plane. The acoustic tube model is based on the Kelly-Lochbaum structure which uses the method of reflection coefficients to compute the foward and backward sound pressure waves in a lossless digital transmission line analogue of the vocal tract. The basic Kelly-Lochbaum structure has been extended to permit the modelling of viscous friction losses, yielding wall losses, radiation from the mouth, variable vocal tract length, aspiration and frication.

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Bibliographic reference.  Owens, F. J. / Wright, G. T. H. / Ramsey, N. W. (1989): "A time-domain articulatory speech synthesiser", In EUROSPEECH-1989, 2176-2179.