5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Automatic Post-Synchronization of Speech Utterances

Werner Verhelst

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Faculty of Applied Science, Dept. of Electronics and Signal Processing (ETRO), Brussels, Belgium

The paper considers a prototype for automatic post- synchronization that consists of two basic components. As a first step, dynamic time warping is applied to compute the time-correspondence between an original utterance and an utterance that serves as the timing reference signal. In a second step, a time-scaling algorithm modifies the time structure of the original utterance accordingly. Informal diagnostic evaluation has shown that good results are obtained if the similarity between the acoustic-phonetic contents of the utterances is high. Possible ways for improving robustness against acoustic-phonetic differences, such as those that result from different coarticulation, are suggested.

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Bibliographic reference.  Verhelst, Werner (1997): "Automatic post-synchronization of speech utterances", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 899-902.