Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Statistical Study of Speakerís Peculiarities of Utterances into Phrases Segmentation

Boris Lobanov, Liliya Tsirulnik

United Institute of Informatics Problems, National Academy of Science, Belarus

The report is concerned with the experimental study of the idiosyncrasy of utterance-into-phrase segmentation observed in the speech of a popular Russian TV-anchorman and two TV-news readers. Comparative statistical estimation of relative frequencies of occurrence of pauses of various duration, frequencies of occurrence of phrases and pairs of phrases with a different number of accent units were computed, as well as frequencies of occurrence of phrase break between different consecutive parts of speech. On the basis of the results obtained a stochastic algorithm of personalized utterance-into-phrase segmentation is developed. The algorithm is intended to be implemented to the system of individual voice cloning using a text-to-speech synthesis.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lobanov, Boris / Tsirulnik, Liliya (2006): "Statistical study of speaker≤s peculiarities of utterances into phrases segmentation", In SP-2006, paper 160.