ISCA Archive Interspeech 2013
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2013

Articulatory synthesis of French connected speech from EMA data

Asterios Toutios, Shrikanth Narayanan

This paper reports an experiment in synthesizing French connected speech using Maeda's digital simulation of the vocal-tract system. The dynamics of the vocal-tract shape are estimated from the dynamics of Electromagnetic Articulograph (EMA) sensors via Maeda¬Āfs geometrical articulatory model. Time-varying characteristics of the glottis and the velopharyngeal port are set using empirical rules, while the fundamental frequency pattern is copied from the concurrently recorded audio signal. A subjective experiment was performed online to assess the perceived intelligibility and naturalness of the synthesized speech. Results indicate that a properly driven simulation of the vocal tract has the potential to provide a scientifically grounded alternative to the development of text-to-speech synthesis systems.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2013-628

Cite as: Toutios, A., Narayanan, S. (2013) Articulatory synthesis of French connected speech from EMA data. Proc. Interspeech 2013, 2738-2742, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2013-628

  author={Asterios Toutios and Shrikanth Narayanan},
  title={{Articulatory synthesis of French connected speech from EMA data}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2013},