5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Generating Emotional Speech with a Concatenative Synthesizer

Erhard Rank, Hannes Pirker

Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Austria

We describe the attempt to synthesize emotional speech with a concatenative speech synthesizer using a parameter space covering not only f0, duration and amplitude, but also voice quality parameters, spectral energy distribution, harmonics-to-noise ratio, and articulatory precision. The application of these extended parameter set offers the possibility to combine the high segmental quality of concatenative synthesis with a wider range of control settings needed for the synthesis of natural affected speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Rank, Erhard / Pirker, Hannes (1998): "Generating emotional speech with a concatenative synthesizer", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0975.