Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Modelling Personality Features by Changing Prosody in Synthetic Speech

Jürgen Trouvain (1,2), Sarah Schmidt (3), Marc Schröder (4), Michael Schmitz (3), William J. Barry (2)

(1) Phonetik-Büro Trouvain, Saarbrücken
(2) Institute of Phonetics, Saarland University
(3) Institute of Computer Science, Saarland University
(4) DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany

This study explores how features of brand personalities can be modelled with the prosodic parameters pitch level, pitch range, articulation rate and loudness. Experiments with parametrical diphone synthesis showed that listeners rated the prosodically changed versions better than a baseline version for the dimensions "sincerity", "competence", "sophistication", "excitement" and "ruggedness". The contribution of prosodic features such as lower pitch and an enlarged pitch range are analyzed and discussed.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Trouvain, Jürgen / Schmidt, Sarah / Schröder, Marc / Schmitz, Michael / Barry, William J. (2006): "Modelling personality features by changing prosody in synthetic speech", In SP-2006, paper 088.