EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Prosody Control for Speaking and Singing Styles

Chilin Shih, Greg Kochanski

Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, USA

By proper control of prosody, text-to-speech systems already have the capability to imitate distinctive speaking styles. We show two examples where we can capture the critical features: the singing style of Dinah Shore and the speaking style of Martin Luther King Jr. The styles are described by Stem-ML tags (soft template mark-up language), which offers the flexibility needed to control accent shapes, phrasal pitch contours, and amplitude profiles, for speech as well as for singing.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Shih, Chilin / Kochanski, Greg (2001): "Prosody control for speaking and singing styles", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 669-672.