Smooth talking: articulatory join costs for unit selection

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Abstract

Join cost calculation has so far dealt exclusively with acoustic speech parameters, and a large number of distance metrics have previously been tested in conjunction with a wide variety of acoustic parameterisations. In contrast, we propose here to calculate distance in articulatory space. The motivation for this is simple: physical constraints mean a human talker’s mouth cannot “jump” from one configuration to a different one, so smooth evolution of articulator positions would also seem desirable for a good candidate unit sequence. To test this, we built Festival Multisyn voices using a large articulatory-acoustic dataset. We first synthesised 460 TIMIT sentences and confirmed our articulatory join cost gives appreciably different unit sequences compared to the standard Multisyn acoustic join cost. A listening test (3 sets of 25 sentence pairs, 30 listeners) then showed our articulatory cost is preferred at a rate of 58% compared to the standard Multisyn acoustic join cost.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages5150-5154
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-9988-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event41st IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2016 - China, Shanghai, China
Duration: 20 Mar 201625 Mar 2016
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Conference

Conference41st IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2016
Abbreviated titleICASSP 2016
Country/TerritoryChina
CityShanghai
Period20/03/1625/03/16
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