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Detection of the closure-burst transitions of stops and affricates in continuous speech using the plosion index

Ananthapadmanabha, TV and Prathosh, AP and Ramakrishnan, AG (2014) Detection of the closure-burst transitions of stops and affricates in continuous speech using the plosion index. In: JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 135 (1). pp. 460-471.

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Automatic and accurate detection of the closure-burst transition events of stops and affricates serves many applications in speech processing. A temporal measure named the plosion index is proposed to detect such events, which are characterized by an abrupt increase in energy. Using the maxima of the pitch-synchronous normalized cross correlation as an additional temporal feature, a rule-based algorithm is designed that aims at selecting only those events associated with the closure-burst transitions of stops and affricates. The performance of the algorithm, characterized by receiver operating characteristic curves and temporal accuracy, is evaluated using the labeled closure-burst transitions of stops and affricates of the entire TIMIT test and training databases. The robustness of the algorithm is studied with respect to global white and babble noise as well as local noise using the TIMIT test set and on telephone quality speech using the NTIMIT test set. For these experiments, the proposed algorithm, which does not require explicit statistical training and is based on two one-dimensional temporal measures, gives a performance comparable to or better than the state-of-the-art methods. In addition, to test the scalability, the algorithm is applied on the Buckeye conversational speech corpus and databases of two Indian languages. (C) 2014 Acoustical Society of America.

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Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2014 08:48
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2014 08:48
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/48428

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