Fourth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Madrid, Spain
September 18-21, 1995

A Scheme for a Model-Based Synthesis by Rule of F0 Contours of German Utterances

Hansjörg Mixdorff, Hiroya Fujisaki

Department of Applied Electronics, Science University of Tokyo, Yamazaki, Noda, Japan

The present study deals with the development of a scheme for synthesizing near-to-natural F0 contours of German utterances by rule. It is based on the results of analysis of F0 contours using a quantitative model of the production process of the F0 contour. The analysis is conducted with respect to earlier works on German intonation which are expanded by qualitative and quantitative formulations for intonation patterns on the accent and phrase levels in terms of accent and phrase command parameter values. We discuss the way prosodic rules are produced by analysis of natural F0 contours and construction of a regression tree for every model parameter and explain how the F0 contour for a given utterance can be generated, taking only the text of the utterance itself as input.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mixdorff, Hansjörg / Fujisaki, Hiroya (1995): "A scheme for a model-based synthesis by rule of F0 contours of German utterances", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 1823-1826.