5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

A System of Stylized Intonation Contours in German

Hannes Pirker (1), Kai Alter (2), Erhard Rank (1), John Matiasek (1), Harald Trost (1), Gernot Kubin (3)

(1) Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), Vienna, Austria
(2) Max-Planck-Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Leipzig, Germany
(3) Institute of Communications and High-Frequency Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

Modeling intonation, i.e., specifying adequate fundamental frequency (F0) contours, remains a challenging task for speech synthesis systems. This paper discusses the development of a system for phonetically specifying intonation contours for German. It deals with the problem of translating an phonological representation of intonation - namely the tone-sequence model - into a concrete phonetic model. Design options and evaluation methods are discussed

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Bibliographic reference.  Pirker, Hannes / Alter, Kai / Rank, Erhard / Matiasek, John / Trost, Harald / Kubin, Gernot (1997): "A system of stylized intonation contours in German", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 307-310.