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Anumanchipalli G.K., Oliveira L.C., Black A.W.

ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings

pp 6915



In this paper, we present a new approach to F0 transformation, that can capture aspects of speaking style. Instead of using the traditional 5ms frames as units in transformation, we propose a method that looks at longer phonological regions such as metrical feet. We automatically detect metrical feet in the source speech, and for each of source speaker’s feet, we find its phonological correspondence in target speech. We use a statistical phrase accent model to represent the F0 contour, where a 4-dimensional TILT representation is used for the F0 is parameterized over each feet region for the source and target speakers. This forms the parallel data that is the training data for our transformation. We transform the phrase component using simple z-score mapping. We use a joint density Gaussian mixture model to transform the accent contours. Our transformation method generates F0 contours that are significantly more correlated with the target speech than a baseline, frame-based method.