Stylization of pitch with syllable-based linear segments

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Stylization of pitch with syllable-based linear segments
Fundamental frequency contours for speech, as obtained by common pitch tracking algorithms, contain a great deal of fine detail that is unlikely to hold much perceptual significance for listeners. In our experiments, a radically reduced pitch contour consisting of a single linear segment for each syllable was found to judged as equally natural as the original pitch track by listeners, based on high-quality analysissynthesis. We describe the algorithms both for segmenting speech into syllables based on fitting Gaussians to the energy envelope, and for approximating the pitch contour by independent linear segments for each syllable. We report our web-based test in which 40 listeners compared the stylized pitch contour resyntheses to equivalent resyntheses based on the original pitch track, and also to pitch tracks stylized by the existing Momel algorithm. Listeners preferred the original pitch contour to the linear approximation in only 60% of cases, where 50% would indicate random gu...
Suman Ravuri, Daniel P. W. Ellis
Added 30 May 2010
Updated 30 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Authors Suman Ravuri, Daniel P. W. Ellis
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