4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Speech pitch detection remains a fundamental problem due to importance in numerous aspects of speech processing. Current pitch detectors focus on determining the Glottal Closure Instant (GCI). Accurate GCI measures can be obtained from the Differentiated Electroglottograph (DEGG) signal. Unfortunately, DEGG signals are not available in most practical applications. A novel method of pitch detection is proposed here based on the nonlinear estimation of DEGG signals from the acoustic speech waveform. This method requires the DEGG signals only during optimization. In operation, the proposed pitch detector marks glottal closures based strictly on the acoustical speech waveform. In addition to the algorithm development, performance comparison results are presented.
Bibliographic reference. Barner, Kenneth E. (1996): "Nonlinear estimation of DEGG signals with applications to speech pitch detection", In ICSLP-1996, 2243-2246.