A new approach of speaking rate modeling for mandarin speech prosody

Chiao Hua Hsieh, Chen Yu Chiang, Yih-Ru Wang, Hsiu Min Yu, Sin-Horng Chen

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Abstract

A new approach of Mandarin-speech prosody modeling to consider the effects of speaking rate is proposed. The approach is a modification of our previous prosody labeling and modeling method to take speaking rate as a continuous independent variable and let prosodic-acoustic features and some parameters of prosodic models depend on it in order to count its influences. A speaking rate-dependent hierarchical prosodic model is hence constructed from four speech corpora of a single female speaker with fast, normal, medium and slow speaking rates. An analysis of the effects of speaking rate on the model parameters showed that they agreed well with our prior knowledge. So, the proposed approach provides a systematic and effective way to quantify the effects of speaking rate on Mandarin-speech prosody.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2012, INTERSPEECH 2012
Pages654-657
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012
Event13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2012, INTERSPEECH 2012 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: 9 Sep 201213 Sep 2012

Publication series

Name13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2012, INTERSPEECH 2012
Volume1

Conference

Conference13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2012, INTERSPEECH 2012
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period9/09/1213/09/12

Keywords

  • Prosody modeling
  • Speaking rate

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