Word-level emphasis modelling in HMM-based speech synthesis

  title={Word-level emphasis modelling in HMM-based speech synthesis},
  author={Kai Yu and François Mairesse and Steve J. Young},
  journal={2010 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing},
Expressive speech synthesis has recently attracted great interest. Word-level emphasis is an important form of expressiveness to distinguish between what is the focus of the utterance, and what the computer system expects to be known by the user. Previous work on emphasis synthesis requires emphatic data collected specifically for that task. In this paper, a statistical approach that models and extracts word-level emphasis patterns from natural speech is investigated within the HMM based speech… CONTINUE READING
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