EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology
2nd INTERSPEECH Event

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001

                 

Intonation Modelling with a Lexicon of Natural F0 Contours

Per Olav Heggtveit, Jon Emil Natvig

Telenor R&D, Norway

We describe a new approach for generating Norwegian intonation in text to speech synthesis. The method is based on a phonological representation of utterances. The overall f0 contour of an utterance is synthesised by concatenation of stored f0 contours corresponding to accent units. Candidate accent units are found by searching a lexicon derived from natural speech and selecting the unit that is the best match with respect to the properties of the target accent units of the utterance to be synthesised. A formal subjective test confirms that the new approach leads to more natural speech than a former rule based method, but the quality is still inferior to intonation copied from natural speech.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Heggtveit, Per Olav / Natvig, Jon Emil (2001): "Intonation modelling with a lexicon of natural F0 contours", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 1163-1166.