13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

Resonator-based Creaky Voice Detection

Thomas Drugman (1), John Kane (2), Christer Gobl (2)

(1) TCTS Lab - University of Mons, Belgium
(2) Phonetics and Speech Laboratory, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Creaky voice is used by speakers for a variety of interactive, expressive and stylistic reasons. As a result the accurate detection of creaky regions in speech can yield important information not captured within the propositional content of spoken utterances. We, hence, describe a new method for automatically detecting creaky regions following the observation that secondary peaks occur in the LP-residual signal. The proposed approach is shown through an objective evaluation on a range of speech databases to significantly outperform the state-of-the-art.

Index Terms: Voice quality, glottal source, creak, vocal fry

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Drugman, Thomas / Kane, John / Gobl, Christer (2012): "Resonator-based creaky voice detection", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 1592-1595.