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Title: Informed Blending of Databases for Emotional Speech Synthesis
Authors: Hofer, Gregor O
Richmond, Korin
Clark, Robert A J
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: In Proceedings, Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech, 9th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal, September 4-8, 2005
Publisher: International Speech Communication Association
Abstract: The goal of this project was to build a unit selection voice that could portray emotions with varying intensities. A suitable definition of an emotion was developed along with a descriptive framework that supported the work carried out. A single speaker was recorded portraying happy and angry speaking styles. Additionally a neutral database was also recorded. A target cost function was implemented that chose units according to emotion mark-up in the database. The Dictionary of Affect supported the emotional target cost function by providing an emotion rating for words in the target utterance. If a word was particularly ’emotional’, units from that emotion were favoured. In addition intensity could be varied which resulted in a bias to select a greater number emotional units. A perceptual evaluation was carried out and subjects were able to recognise reliably emotions with varying amounts of emotional units present in the target utterance.
Keywords: speech synthesis
emotion
URI: http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/interspeech_2005
http://hdl.handle.net/1842/920
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