Development of a Synthesizer Prototype for Synthesis of Emotional German Speech

This nationally sponsored project (Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Transport) is concerned with the realization of synthetic speech with paramaters corresponding to the emotional state of the speaker. In this attempt we went beyond the means of usually utilized copy-synthesis and use a parameter space covering not only f0, duration and amplitude, but also voice quality parameters, spectral energy distribution, harmonics-to-noise ratio, and articulatory precision. Results from previous studies on these parameters in natural emotional speech were used to control the phoneme-to-speech synthesizer also used in the VieCtoS project.

The final report for the project can be found as TR-99-01 (in German).

Duration: 6 months, 1998
Sponsor: Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Transport
Researcher: Erhard Rank