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Consistency Analysis of the Duration Parameter Within a Syllable for Mandarin Speech

Cheng-Yu Yeh, Kuan-Lin Chen, Shaw-Hwa Hwang
2013 Information Technology and Control  
In this work, a consistency analysis of duration parameter for Mandarin speech is presented. Found by an inspection on the pronunciation process of human beings, the consistency can be interpreted as a high correlation of a warping curve between the spectrum and the prosody intra a syllable. Through three steps in the procedure of the consistency analysis, the HMM algorithm is used firstly to decode HMM-state sequences within a syllable at the same time as to divide them into three segments.
more » ... three segments. Secondly, based on a designated syllable, the vector quantization (VQ) with the LBG algorithm is used to train the VQ codebooks of each segment. Thirdly, the duration vector of each segment is encoded as an index by VQ codebooks, and then the probability of each possible path is evaluated as a prerequisite to analyze the consistency. It is demonstrated experimentally that a consistency is definitely acquired in case the syllable is located exactly in the same word. These results offer a research direction that the time warping process intra a syllable must be considered in a TTS system to improve the speech quality.
doi:10.5755/j01.itc.42.2.1745 fatcat:lcdwwegq7zdbdk7p7saye2fomy