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Subspace and Hypothesis based Effective Segmentation of Co-articulated Basic-Units for Concatenative Speech Synthesis

Muralishankar, R and Shrikanth, R and Ramakrishnan, AG (2003) Subspace and Hypothesis based Effective Segmentation of Co-articulated Basic-Units for Concatenative Speech Synthesis. In: Conference on Convergent Technologies for the Asia-Pacific Region: IEEE TENCON 2003., Oct. 14-17, Bangalore, Vol.1 388-392.

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Abstract

In this paper, we present two new methods for Vowel-Consonant segmentation of a co-articulated basic-units employed in our Thirukkural Tamil Text-to-Speech synthesis system [1]. The basic-units considered in [1] are CV, VC, VCV, VCCV and VCCC, where C stands for a consonant and V for any vowel. In the first method, we use subspace-based approach for vowel-consonant segmentation. It uses oriented principal component analysis (OPCA) where the test feature vectors are projected on to the V and C subspaces. The crossover of the norm-contours obtained by projecting test basic-unit onto the V and C subspaces give the segmentation points which in turn helps in identifying the V and C durations of a test basic-unit. In the second method, we use probabilistic principal component analysis (PPCA) [2] to get probability models for V and C. We then use Neymen-Pearson (NP) test to segment the basic-unit into V and C. Finally, we show that the hypothesis testing turns out to be an energy detector for V-C segmentation which is similar to the first method.

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Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:13
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/491

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