Marcus Uneson

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The present paper outlines a simple system (yet to be completed) for concatenation-based singing synthesis in Swedish. The system, called Burcas, takes as input a MIDI file (possibly holding multiple parts) for melody and a text file for lyrics, and it produces standard audio files as output. For the digital signal processing, the MBROLA speech generator is(More)
Markham, D. 1999. 'Listeners and disguised voices: tiie imitation and perception of dialectal accent'. Forensic Linguistics 6,289-299. McGehee, F. 1937. 'Tiie reliability of the identification of the human voice' Journal of General Psychology 17, 249-271. Reich, A. & J. Duke. 1979. 'Effects of selected voice disguises upon speaker identification by(More)
After a short general discussion of ’parallel’ words, we compare the placement of main stress in such words, in Swedish (Stockholm), Danish (Copenhagen) and Norwegian (Ålesund). To be sure, this property coincides in the vast majority (> 95%) of the cases. However, concentrating on the exceptions (about 300 per language pair in our data), we find that(More)
Transformation-based learning (TBL) is a machine learning method for, in particular, sequential classification, invented by Eric Brill [Brill 1993b, 1995a]. It is widely used within computational linguistics and natural language processing, but surprisingly little in other areas. TBL is a simple yet flexible paradigm, which achieves competitive or even(More)
This paper presents a pilot study on the prosodic marking of a contrastive topic in Southern Swedish. A test sentence was elicited in three experimental conditions: initial focus; final focus; contrastive topic (initial word) plus focus (final word). F0 patterns were analysed in recordings of 10 speakers. A majority of the speakers distinguished clearly(More)
After a brief outlook on the field of random text generation, in particular on Andrew Bulhak’s Postmodernism generator, the present paper describes a program for generation of random, meaningless but grammatically correct text in Swedish. The program, named Horace, is intended to simulate the abstract reasoning of (some) literary columnists. Horace is(More)