Modelling personality features by changing prosody in synthetic speech

@inproceedings{Trouvain2006ModellingPF,
  title={Modelling personality features by changing prosody in synthetic speech},
  author={J{\"u}rgen Trouvain and Sarah Schmidt and Marc Schr{\"o}der and Michael Schmitz and William J. Barry},
  year={2006}
}
This study explores how features of brand personalities can b e modelled with the prosodic parameters pitch level, pitch range, articulation rate and loudness. Experiments with parametric al diphone synthesis showed that listeners rated the prosodically changed versions better than a baseline version for the dimen- sions "sincerity", "competence", "sophistication", "excitem ent" and "ruggedness". The contribution of prosodic features such as lower pitch and an enlarged pitch range are analyzed… 

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