Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-23507
Title: Imitating conversational laughter with an articulatory speech synthesizer
Author(s): Lasarcyk, Eva
Trouvain, Jürgen
Other involved persons: Trouvain, Jürgen
Campbell, Nick
Language: German
Year of Publication: 2007
OPUS Source: Proceedings of the Interdisciplinary Workshop on The Phonetics of Laughter : Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany, 4-5 August 2007. - Saarbrücken : Univ. des Saarlandes, 2007, S. 43-48
DDC notations: 400 Language, linguistics
Publikation type: Conference Paper
Abstract: In this study we present initial efforts to model laughter with an articulatory speech synthesizer. We aimed at imitating a real laugh taken from a spontaneous speech database and created several synthetic versions of it using articulatory synthesis and diphone synthesis. In modeling laughter with articulatory synthesis, we also approximated features like breathing noises that do not normally occur in speech. Evaluation with respect to the perceived degree of naturalness indicated that the laugh stimuli would pass as "laughs'; in an appropriate conversational context. In isolation, though, significant differences could be measured with regard to the degree of variation (durational patterning, fundamental frequency, intensity) within each laugh.
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291-scidok-14866
Date of registration: 17-Apr-2008
Faculty: P - Philosophische Fakultät
Department: P - Sprachwissenschaft und Sprachtechnologie
Former Department: bis SS 2016: Fachrichtung 4.7 - Allgemeine Linguistik
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