F0 range and peak alignment across speakers and emotions

Eric Morley, Jan Van Santen, Esther Klabbers, Alexander Kain

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

We present an analysis of F0 range and peak alignment in emotional speech from a heterogeneous group of speakers varying in age and gender. Both speaker and emotion had a strong effect on F0 range. Despite these large changes in the F0 trajectory, peak alignment was remarkably stable. Using the Linear Alignment Model (LAM) [1], we show that the effects on alignment of emotion and speaker differences, although statistically significant, are small. This stability results in a conclusion that peak alignment, unlike F0 range, does not appear to carry much information about speaker identity or emotional state. The LAM is effective in that it explains 42% of the variance in peak location on average, and furthermore it predicts the time of F0 peaks with an average RMS error of 12ms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2011 - Proceedings
Pages4952-4955
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 18 2011
Event36th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2011 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: May 22 2011May 27 2011

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Other

Other36th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2011
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period5/22/115/27/11

Keywords

  • emotion recognition
  • human voice
  • speech analysis
  • speech synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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