5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Contextual Effects on Voicing Profiles of German and Mandarin Consonants

Chilin Shih, Bernd Möbius

Bell Labs - Lucent Technologies, USA

We present a study of the voicing profiles of consonants in Mandarin Chinese and German. The voicing profile is defined as the frame-by-frame voicing status of a speech sound in continuous speech. We are particularly interested in discrepancies between the phonological voicing status of a speech sound and its actual phonetic realization in connected speech. We further examine the contextual factors that cause voicing variations and test the cross-language validity of these factors. The result can be used to improve speech synthesis, and to refine phone models to enhance the performance of automatic speech segmentation and recognition.

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Bibliographic reference.  Shih, Chilin / Möbius, Bernd (1998): "Contextual effects on voicing profiles of German and Mandarin consonants", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0176.